Workshop — Paris, France

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



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

WelcomeDidier Houssin, IEA

Introductions and meeting objectives

Rob Kool, Chair EGRD, Netherlands Enterprise AgencyModelling and analyses for RDD&D priority settingLuis Munuera, IEASession 2: States of the art in modelling the R&D and innovation processPrinciples and innovative methods for public R&D decision-makingGabriel Chan, Harvard UniversityThe JRC-EU-TIMES modelling platform; inputs to prioritisation for energy research and innovationAlessandra Sgobbi, European CommissionTwo- and single-factor learning curves and other methodologies for modelling learning by doing and learning by researchingRobert Gross, Imperial College LondonSession 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 DOEEnergy system modelling at ETIChris Heaton, Energy Technologies InstituteJapan: R&D investments in Japan's new energy and climate technology strategyAtsushi Kurosawa, Institute of Applied EnergyChina: Clean energy priority-setting in ChinaXuxuan Xie, National Development and Reform CommissionNordic Energy Technology PerspectivesBenjamin Smith, Nordic Energy ResearchSession 4: Energy innovation scoreboardEnergy innovation scoreboard - a pilot frameworkAngela Köppl, Claudia Kettner, Austrian Insitute of Economic ResearchNetherlands: the innovation sensorJoost Koch, Netherlands Enterprise AgencyAssessing a country's innovation status and potentialMatthew Stepp, Centre for Clean Energy InnovationConsiderations for an 'Innovation readiness level' along with the 'Technology and manufacturing readiness level' indicatorsCéline Jullien, KIC InnoEnergySession 5: Process of prioritisation of R&D budgets in the private sectorInnovation Action Plan of EurelectricKoen Noyens, EurelectricModelling and simulation assisted strategic R&D programming   Xavier Mamo, EDF R&DPrioritising corporate investments in R&DAlexander Wilmes, RWECost of energy as R&D prioritisationAnders Mortensen, Siemens Wind EnergyMeeting R&D needs of utility clientsGeoff Blanford, US Electric Power Research InstitutePanel Discussion and Summary