Cruft Laboratory 314
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
19A Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
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).
Journal Article, Journal of Cleaner Production
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.
May 14, 2014
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."
"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.