Public Energy R&D Spending, 1978-2009

Four charts that show the U.S. spends too little on energy research

At his confirmation hearing last week, Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz told the Senate that the United States spends far too little on energy R&D. “We are underinvesting by a factor of three,” he said, directly citing AEIC’s previous statements. Indeed, although U.S. energy R&D has been growing in recent years, levels are still below Read more about Four charts that show the U.S. spends too little on energy research[…]

AEIC releases 3 cases on the government role in energy technology innovation

AEIC staff release case studies on government role in energy innovation

In the last half century, American companies have developed the technologies and established the businesses that shape the world’s energy systems today. American companies have led in energy innovation in large part because they are supported by our federal government’s commitment to driving innovation. Acting as a catalyst or instigator, the federal government can quicken Read more about AEIC staff release case studies on government role in energy innovation[…]

arpa-e

ARPA-e provides catalytic funding for energy innovation

Republicans are praising a clean energy program supported by President Obama for a reason. ARPA-e is about catalytic funding of energy innovation–small grants that help develop promising new high-risk, high-reward technologies. ARPA-e’s employees themselves are on time-limited assignments, helping the agency avoid bureaucratic stasis that can affect other government R&D. And the funding is spread Read more about ARPA-e provides catalytic funding for energy innovation[…]

Artificial Retina developed with DOE support

Federal energy R&D helps the blind see anew

Today, the F.D.A. approved the first use of artificial retina technology to give limited vision to the blind. While some financing came from the private sector, major support for the development came from Department of Energy , along with other federal agencies. Specifically, through the Artificial Retina Project, DOE funded several national laboratories to work Read more about Federal energy R&D helps the blind see anew[…]

Don’t sequester discovery and innovation

Good times or bad, one must manage for the future. Discovery and innovation is the pathway there. Our economy, prosperity and well-being have been driven by scientific discovery and technological innovation in ways that most people rarely think about. In the coming weeks, Congress has a decision to make that will determine if the partnership Read more about Don’t sequester discovery and innovation[…]

Innovation Policy as Unilateral US Climate Action

Energy innovation is the best unilateral climate policy

The US can and should take unilateral action on climate change because energy innovation is fundamentally valuable, regardless of what other nations do. Good energy innovation policy emphasizes basic and applied research at the pre-commercial stages. Government funding is worthwhile across a range of industries because returns from early-stage research are often too speculative and Read more about Energy innovation is the best unilateral climate policy[…]

Innovate, Manufacture, Compete

Overcoming policy uncertainty to innovate, manufacture, and compete

The global clean energy marketplace is expanding rapidly, but with no clear, consistent, long-term national energy policies, American industry risks losing out to competition abroad. In their recently released report, Innovate, Manufacture, Compete, the Pew Charitable Trusts discusses the results of workshops held across the country with industry, academia, and other stakeholders. The report concludes Read more about Overcoming policy uncertainty to innovate, manufacture, and compete[…]

Unleashing Private-Sector Energy R&D

AEIC research offers inside look at innovative companies, struggles with gov’t policy

R&D directors at major, innovation-driven companies in America believe that the inconsistency of the R&D tax credit, a lack of access to science and engineering talent, and intellectual property licensing issues are some of the biggest obstacles to R&D success in the United States. These are some of the findings of a new staff report Read more about AEIC research offers inside look at innovative companies, struggles with gov’t policy[…]

"Snapshots" of Energy Innovation Underestimate Coming Changes

“Snapshots” of Energy Innovation Underestimate Coming Changes

In today’s world of rapid technological innovation, looking at a snapshot is next to useless. Instead, one is better served by taking a look at the process and speed of innovation, and where it’s occurring. Renewables, batteries, and hybrid vehicles are changing dramatically and fast, compared to coal- and natural gas-fired generation systems. Fossil generation Read more about “Snapshots” of Energy Innovation Underestimate Coming Changes[…]

America Risks Being “Too Timid to Fail”

Fundamental technological innovation — from genomics to the Internet — has always depended on four factors: federal funding, great educational institutions, risk-taking entrepreneurs and venture capital. The first and second are squarely the province of government policy. So how is it that Americans spend more money each year on potato chips than on new energy Read more about America Risks Being “Too Timid to Fail”[…]