Developing Renewable Electricity Generation in the Global Economy: Co –evolution of Renewable Energy Technological Innovation System and Global Values Chains

Erden Topal, Yelda
To meet increasing energy demand with fossil fuels causes the problems of import dependency and energy insecurity. Deployment of emerging technologies for renewable electricity generation is supposed to be an alternative for solving these problems. Using renewable sources and increasing the role of these clean sources in energy bundles are supported to decrease the amount of fossil fuels in energy production. However, energy insecurity and import dependency problems cannot be solved only by decreasing the amount of fossil fuel used. Additionally, the development of technological capabilities in emerging low carbon technologies must be motivated. For this purpose, public policies should be designed to support the development of technological capabilities in emerging renewable energy technologies (as Concentrated Solar Thermal Technologies-CST) and hence to fasten deployment and manufacture of low carbon technologies. To enhance the supporting efforts, the policy design process should be engaged to the international policy framework and global economic circumstances. Therefore, we investigated the development of technological capabilities in emerging low carbon technologies in global sustainable energy transitions. In this scope, motivations for the development of technological capabilities in emerging low carbon technologies are examined. Investigation of governance and policy-making for enabling frameworks to transfer and to diffuse low carbon and climate-resilient technologies would be the main theme of the research. For this purpose, a comparative analysis is conducted for defining Turkish and Spanish Renewable Energy Sectors. In this context, we can examine the way of strengthening Turkey's synergistic integration into European Sustainable Energy Transitions (through EU-SOLARIS), and strengthening Turkey's low carbon technologies (especially CST) research & innovation activities, industrial capacities, and markets by identifying Spanish best practices and adapting these to the unique conditions of Turkey. By using the quantitative method of bibliometric analysis and qualitative methods of interviews and comparative analysis, it is aimed to understand the current situation of the Turkish CST Sector, and then compare it with Spanish Renewable Energy Systems and Policy Frameworks. Using these two methods together for the Turkish case is the other original contribution of this study. The outputs of this research are expected to be two journal articles, one policy document and a graduate-level course design. For this purpose, I attended conferences, sent full articles and had feedback, gave seminars, engaged to network activities and prepared project proposals for these postdoctoral research. After the introduction, in second part I reported the studies in two reporting periods of six months. In section 3, I presented the overall research results of the postdoctoral research. In fourth section, I briefly mentioned the conclusions of the research and then in last part I put the outputs mentioned and described in this report.


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Y. Erden Topal, “Developing Renewable Electricity Generation in the Global Economy: Co –evolution of Renewable Energy Technological Innovation System and Global Values Chains,” 2021. Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: