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Technological Learning in the Energy Sector: Lessons for Policy, Industry and Science

Edited By: Martin Junginger, Wilfried van Sark and Andre Faaij

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Sep 2010 | #186681 | ISBN-13: 9781848448346
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Technological learning is a key driver behind the improvement of energy technologies and subsequent reduction of production costs. Understanding how and why production costs for energy technologies decline, and whether they will continue to do so in the future, is of crucial importance for policy makers, industrial stakeholders and scientists alike.

This therefore a comprehensive review of technological development and cost reductions for renewable energy, clean fossil fuel and energy-efficient demand-side technologies.

`This expert analysis provides an important contribution to understanding the technicalities of energy technology cost dynamics. Given the urgent need for delivery of low-cost renewable energy technologies in particular, it is vital to understand how to accelerate this process of technological learning.' - Miguel Mendonca, World Future Council, Germany `"Experience curves" are an important instrument for policy markers. This book has a thorough discussion of such "curves" for a large number of energy technologies and will therefore be very useful around the world.' - Jose Goldemberg, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil



1. Introduction

2. The Experience Curve Approach - History, Methodological Aspects and Applications

3. General Aspects and Caveats of Experience Curve Analysis

4. Putting Experience Curves in Context: Links to and between Technology Development, Market Diffusion, Learning Mechanisms and Systems Innovation Theory

5. The Use of Experience Curves in Energy Models

6. Onshore Wind Energy

7. Offshore Wind Energy

8. Photovoltaic Solar Energy

9. Concentrating Solar Thermal Electricity Technology

10. Bioenergy

11. Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Plants

12. Pulverised Coal-fired Power Plants

13. Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) Technologies

14. Nuclear Power

15. Household Appliances

16. Lighting Technologies

17. Space Heating and Cooling

18. The Chemical Sector

19. Overview and Comparison of Experience Curves for Energy Technologies

20. Methodological Lessons and Recommendations for Scientists and Modellers

21. Lessons on Technological Learning for Policy Makers and Industry


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