How has external knowledge contributed to lithium-ion batteries for the energy transition?
Anadon, Laura Diaz
Hoffmann, Volker H
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Stephan, A., Anadon, L. D., & Hoffmann, V. H. (2021). How has external knowledge contributed to lithium-ion batteries for the energy transition?. iScience, 24 (1), 101995. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101995
Innovation in clean-energy technologies is central towards a net-zero energy system. One key determinant of technological innovation is the integration of external knowledge, i.e., knowledge spillovers. However, extant work does not explain how individual spillovers come about: the mechanisms and enablers of these spillovers. We ask how knowledge from other technologies, sectors, or scientific disciplines is integrated into the innovation process in an important technology for a net-zero future: lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), based on a qualitative case study based on extant literature and an elite interview campaign with key inventors in the LIB field and R&D/industry experts. We identify the breakthrough innovations in LIBs, discuss the extent to which breakthrough innovations—plus a few others—have resulted from spillovers, and identify different mechanisms and enablers underlying these spillovers, which can be leveraged by policymakers and R&D managers who are interested in facilitating spillovers in LIBs and other clean-energy technologies.
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Societal Challenges (730403)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (via Harvard University) (253128-5109709)
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101995
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/315853
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