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Implications for Energy Innovation from the chemical industry

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  • Ashish Arora
  • Alfonso Gambardella

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The history of innovation in the chemical industry offers many insights for accelerating energy innovation. In this chapter, we begin by laying out the early history of the chemical industry for an overview of the role innovation has played in its development. We then explore three noteworthy historical experiences. We describe the switch in feedstocks from coal to oil, and briefly analyze two government programs that have attempted to promote innovation: synthetic rubber and synfuels. We take a close look at the role that specialized engineering firms have played in the diffusion of important innovations, and we detail the effect that government policies have had on fostering innovation. In particular, we highlight the role of anti-trust policies, and of policies for protecting intellectual property rights.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15676.

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Publication status: published as Implications for Energy Innovation from the Chemical Industry , Ashish Arora, Alfonso Gambardella. in Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Multiple Sectors , Henderson and Newell. 2011
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  1. Antonelli Cristiano & Gehringer Agnieszka, 2013. "Demand pull and technological flows within innovation systems: the intra-European evidence," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers, University of Turin 201303, University of Turin.

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