Modelling and Analyses in R&D Priority-Setting and Innovation

Venue: IEA, Paris

Dates: 23 April 2014 - 24 April 2014

Organiser: Experts' Group on R&D Priority-Setting and Evaluation 

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Executive Summary

The main topic of the workshop is how governments can improve the process of prioritising energy R&D and related innovation funding in order to develop a low-carbon economy before 2080. 

The workshop will take into account previous work of the Experts' Group on R&D Priority-Setting and Evaluation at the national and international levels. Models, concepts and new approaches that supplement the outcome of previous workshops will be introduced and discussed. 

The process of prioritising R&D budgets will be analysed as part of a more comprehensive approach to reviewing the innvoation process, in general, towards a future energy system. 

The workshop will take cutting-edge models on priority-setting as a starting point, but also discuss the practical use of the models in countries, clusters of countries, or co-operative regional entities, with major research budgets.   It will also seek information on the practical use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and on private sector priority-setting practices of large energy-related multinationals investing in R&D and industrial research organisations. 

During the workshop participants will discuss how R&D investments contribute to bringing new technologies into the market, what infrastructure in a broad sense will accelerate the transition of the energy system, what methods and tools are used by public and private stakeholders, and how they can be improved.  

The outcome to the workshop will contribute to the IEA's development of Energy Technology Perspectives 2015, support the IEA's country analyses on the topic of RD&D, and inform IEA member and partner countries on how to improve their own national R&D priority setting.  

Questions that will be addressed during the workshop include:

  • What tools and models are in use today to prioritise funding in R&D and innovation?
  • Are there new approaches that improve the link between R&D and innovation?
  • Which data and indicators are used to measure success in R&D funding and innovation?
  • What information is taken into account by public and private stakeholders?
  • What technologies are identified as crucial for the successful and timely transformation toward a low carbon global economy?
  • How can the process of transformation be accelerated?

Participation is on invitation only:

  • Members of the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT)
  • National stakeholders for R&D budgets
  • Outstanding experts from academy and business
Session 1: Introduction
Welcome Didier Houssin, IEA

Introductions and meeting objectives

Rob Kool, Chair EGRD, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Modelling and analyses for RDD&D priority setting Luis Munuera, IEA
Session 2: States of the art in modelling the R&D and innovation process
Principles and innovative methods for public R&D decision-making Gabriel Chan, Harvard University
The JRC-EU-TIMES modelling platform; inputs to prioritisation for energy research and innovation Alessandra Sgobbi, European Commission
Two- and single-factor learning curves and other methodologies for modelling learning by doing and learning by researching Robert Gross, Imperial College London
Session 3: National and international examples for modelling innovation and R&D priority setting 
USA: R&D investment decision-making: Programme analysis and evaluation Bob Marlay on behalf of Shane Kosinski, US DOE
Energy system modelling at ETI Chris Heaton, Energy Technologies Institute
Japan: R&D investments in Japan's new energy and climate technology strategy Atsushi Kurosawa, Institute of Applied Energy
China: Clean energy priority-setting in China Xuxuan Xie, National Development and Reform Commission
Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives Benjamin Smith, Nordic Energy Research
Session 4: Energy innovation scoreboard
Energy innovation scoreboard - a pilot framework Angela Köppl, Claudia Kettner, Austrian Insitute of Economic Research
Netherlands: the innovation sensor Joost Koch, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Assessing a country's innovation status and potential Matthew Stepp, Centre for Clean Energy Innovation
Considerations for an 'Innovation readiness level' along with the 'Technology and manufacturing readiness level' indicators Céline Jullien, KIC InnoEnergy
Session 5: Process of prioritisation of R&D budgets in the private sector
Innovation Action Plan of Eurelectric Koen Noyens, Eurelectric
Modelling and simulation assisted strategic R&D programming    Xavier Mamo, EDF R&D
Prioritising corporate investments in R&D Alexander Wilmes, RWE
Cost of energy as R&D prioritisation Anders Mortensen, Siemens Wind Energy
Meeting R&D needs of utility clients Geoff Blanford, US Electric Power Research Institute
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