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Joern Huenteler

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Cruft Laboratory 314
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
19A Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Joern Huenteler

Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

Contact:
Telephone: 617-384-9252
Email: joern_huenteler@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Joern Huenteler is a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). His research interests include technical change in the energy sector, energy demonstration and deployment policies, and East Asian energy policy. In his doctoral dissertation, Joern examines how technology characteristics affect the impact of innovation policies in the energy sector. Joern holds a joint graduate degree in mechanical engineering and economics from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and a M.Sc. in power engineering and engineering thermophysics from Tsinghua University (China). Besides his studies, Joern gained practical experience working with Joest Technology (Germany), IHI Corporation in Yokohama (Japan) and German International Cooperation in Beijing (China).

 

 

By Date

2014

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August 22, 2014

"Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China's Economic Reform Agenda?"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

By Joern Huenteler, Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

"An ambitious deal might also stimulate more demand for innovations in clean technologies, in which China is emerging as a global leader. But because of the UN's decision-making process, in which all its members have to agree on a new deal, Xi Jinping is in the powerful position of being able to commit to only as much emission reductions as fit his domestic policy agenda."

 

 

November 2014

"International Support for Feed-in Tariffs in Developing Countries—A Review and Analysis of Proposed Mechanisms"

Journal Article, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, volume 39

By Joern Huenteler, Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

"Government support in the form of so-called feed-in tariff policies (FITs), which combine long-term, fixed-price electricity purchase agreements and guaranteed grid-access, has attracted large private-sector investments in sustainable electricity generation in the industrialized world. In an effort to replicate these experiences globally, a number of international organizations, NGOs, banks and donor countries are proposing mechanisms to cover part of the cost of FITs in developing countries. This paper reviews these proposals for supported FITs and then uses a case study of Thailand's Alternative Energy Development Plan 2013–2021 to investigate the opportunities and challenges of supporting FITs at a global scale."

 

 

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In Press

"The Effect of Local and Global Learning on the Cost of Renewable Energy in Developing Countries"

Journal Article, Journal of Cleaner Production

By Joern Huenteler, Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Christian Niebuhr and Tobias S Schmidt

High upfront costs are a critical barrier for investments in clean infrastructure technologies in developing countries. This paper uses a case study of Thailand's electricity sector to create realistic estimates for the relative contributions of local and global technological learning to reducing these cost in the future and discusses implications of such learnings for international climate policy.

 

 

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May 14, 2014

"China's Coal Addiction a Threat to Its Energy Security"

Op-Ed, The South China Morning Post

By Joern Huenteler, Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

"...[U]ntil now, Beijing's response to unmet energy demand has focused primarily on securing resources overseas, and building infrastructure for imports. China now generates more electricity from imported coal than from nuclear, wind and solar combined. Without a strong, coordinated policy shift, the country will depend on fuel imports for most of its energy consumption by the time it becomes a developed country."

 

 

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In Press

"Compulsive Policy-making—The Evolution of the German Feed-in Tariff System for Solar Photovoltaic Power"

Journal Article, Research Policy

By Joern Hoppmann, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, April–August 2013; Former Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, September 2012–March 2013, Joern Huenteler, Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Bastien Girod

This article shows how complex interdependencies and the uncertain nature of technological change shape the process of targeted policy interventions in socio-technical systems. Toward this end, the authors analyzed the evolution of the German feed-in tariff (FIT) system for solar photovoltaic power, a highly effective and widely copied policy instrument targeted at fostering the diffusion and development of renewable energy technologies.

 

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