Data driven assessment of innovation ecosystem in the energy sector: Diffusion of energy technology innovations by established companies and start-ups


The energy transition is a dominant topic in Germany. The government, policymakers, financial actors, and research and development (R&D) organizations are working in joint efforts to achieve the desired clean energy transition goal. Therefore, the energy transition has already offered a unique opportunity to entrepreneurs, established players, service providers and others to adapt and develop new businesses. Valuable deep-tech and business model innovations took place in the energy sector with an increasing speed. To better understand and follow-up on recent developments, a data-driven approach to technology assessment is a promising option.

Research questions

  • Who are the major actors driving the innovation ecosystem?
  • What are the current technology intervention trends and which step changes and innovation could influence ongoing energy transitions?
  • What is the role of established energy players and how do they rely on newly established companies and start-ups.
  • How can unstructured data be used in innovation trends analysis?

Main outcomes

  • Trend analysis methodology to discover the development of energy technologies
  • Data-driven enhancement to recognize technology innovation pattern in the energy sector among several actors
  • Combination and merging of different data sources on energy technologies and stakeholders in the energy sector
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Assessment of the energy ecosystem for innovations