The dynamics of collaborating in the development of technologies such as those related to renewable energy sources
Renewable energy solutions are recognized as needed for a sustainable future. However, novelty implies connecting emerging technologies to untried possibilities. The emergent processes and dynamics of how renewable energy projects, initiatives and technologies are developed have remained veiled.
The aim is to explore how the university, industry, government and civil society (the Quadruple helix) interact, relevant to understand their involvement in innovation processes within the renewable energy sector.
An explorative, qualitative study method was selected to understand the micro-processes of change at work involved in the dynamics of collaborating. To date the analysis is based on one empirical case, a regional innovation project (The Flottsundsbron). Thus, I followed the commercialization process of a relative new concept in renewable energy, a marine current power turbine developed at Uppsala University. In addition, the role of civil society and how is invited to participate in the process is also of interest. A processual approach is followed to explore how the actors involved work together and communicate to each other in order to spur new technological solutions and regional development.
Collaborating, processes, Quadruple helix, renewable energy
Dr. Annika Skoglund
Other project members
PhD student Jessica García Terán
Dept. Industrial Engineering and Management, Uppsala University