Invention in Energy Technologies: Comparing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Inventions at the Firm Level

29 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2014

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Sascha Rexhauser

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Andreas Löschel

University of Muenster - Chair of Microeconomics, esp. Energy and Resource Economics

Date Written: May 26, 2014

Abstract

Many countries, especially in Europe, have ambitious goals to transform their national energy systems towards renewable energies. Technological change in both renewable production and efficient use of energy can help to make these targets come true. Using a panel of German firms linked to the PATSTAT patent data, we study invention in both types of energy technologies and how their inventors differ in terms of central firm-specific characteristics. More importantly, we study the relation between conventional (i.e. non-energy) invention and energy invention within the firms. The results from dynamic count data models point to a stimulating effect of conventional inventions for energy efficiency technologies but have no effect on inventions in renewable energies.

Keywords: Innovation, invention, renewable energy, energy efficiency, dynamic count data

Suggested Citation

Rexhauser, Sascha and Löschel, Andreas, Invention in Energy Technologies: Comparing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Inventions at the Firm Level (May 26, 2014). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 14-036. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2459402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2459402

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University of Muenster - Chair of Microeconomics, esp. Energy and Resource Economics ( email )

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