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2017-12-15

“Analyzing and Visualizing Innovation Networks of Key Enabling Technologies in the German Energy Transition” Gabriele Fohr speaker at 3rd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) in Mainz on 29 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Image: Organizations in a network of publicly funded battery research projects, based on data from the Batterieforum Deutschland project database. Node size according to total funding. The color indicates the type of organization. Organizations that receive more than € 10 million are labeled.

Gabriele Fohr, researcher in our project "Network Analysis and Simulation of Innovation Dynamics for new Key Technologies in the Energy Sector" (InnoSEn), will hold a speech at the EUSN in Mainz on 29 September 2017, which was drafted in collaboration with Dr. Bert Droste-Franke, head of our department energy.

With a higher share of renewables in the energy system and due to their intermittent character, enabling technologies get more and more important that help to ensure load supply or make surplus energy usable. Within our project InnoSEn we take a closer look at the research and innovation networks of key emerging technologies for the storage of electricity in Germany.

We follow the approach of analyzing knowledge dynamics in innovation networks (cf Ahrweiler 2010). Thus, we argue that technological innovations initially are created by and diffuse via research and knowledge flows within and around firms and their networks. Within the course of the project, we will model these actors in knowledge-market-resources environment.

Social network analysis is a fast growing international and interdisciplinary research area. It is characterized by its relational theoretical perspective as well as a strong focus on the development and application of innovative empirical methods. The EUSN 2017 will be the third annual European conference bringing together scholars from all over the world who include a social network perspective in their work.

Ahrweiler P (Eds) (2010) Innovation in Complex Social Systems. Routledge

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