Technology-transfer strategies of DOE's conservation programs

Title: Technology-transfer strategies of DOE's conservation programs
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: December 1990
Published In: The Journal of Technology Transfer
Description: This paper examines the process by which R&D results funded by the Office of Conservation and Renewable Energy (CE) of the US Department of Energy (DOE) have generated commercial applications. It looks at examples of technology-transfer procedures and activitees across three of CE's component offices that correspond to the major energy end-use sectors: transportation, buildings, and industry. On the surface, the conservation programs would appear to have little strategic consistency and, therefore, lack the clear leadership many seek in a technology-transfer program. However, as an alternative to strategic consistency, one may tailor the technology-transfer approach of each program to its unique circumstances. This paper presents case studies of such tailoring, in which the diversity of approaches mirrors the complexity of the energy end-use markets and the private-public interests that must be negotiated to successfully commercialize energy-saving innovations. The paper discusses the lessons learned about the conditions requiring adaptive design and the structures and practices that have been proven effective. © 1990 Technology Transfer Society.
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Citation: The Journal of Technology Transfer. 15. Issue 1-2. 33 - 40. ISSN 0892-9912. DOI 10.1007/BF02377655.
Related Departments:
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
  • School of Public Policy