The Economic Geography of Clean Energy Accelerators

Authors: Adam Bumpus*, University of Melbourne
Topics: Economic Geography, Energy, Environment
Keywords: Economic geography, clean energy, accelerators, climate change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
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An emerging set of networked clean energy accelerators are shifting the economic geography of clean energy innovation. New connections between entrepreneurs and incumbent utilities are emerging in light of three macro changes in the energy landscape: decarbonisation, decentralisation, and digitalisation. These connections are being fostered in local and regional innovation ecosystems, but also across space, creating new ecosystems of innovation that accelerators are anchoring. The paper uses an analysis based on interviews with of locally and globally spatially networked clean energy accelerators in Australia, Europe, North America, and an international accelerator, to highlight how a relational economic geography of energy is emerging. The paper highlights the implications of these new networks, and how this approach can better interrogate how clean energy entrepreneurship is rewiring the emerging energy landscape and transitions to a low carbon future.

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