About the webinar:
Learning curves show that government deployment programmes do not subsidise technologies but provide required learning investments to make energy efficiency and low-carbon supply technologies competitive in mass markets. The programmes spur investment and market experience for currently expensive technologies and the learning curve shows how these experiences continually reduce cost and improve performance for the deployed technologies. This technology learning pervades all levels of organisations that produce, install and operate technology. This demonstrates that from identical boundary conditions many energy futures can be obtained, demanding the same economic resources but having completely different technological structures and thus very different properties regarding environment, energy security and job creation. Learning curves challenge current dogma on the long-range efficiency of the market and point to the need to realize political choices in deployment programmes.
Moderator: Hans De Keulenaer
Hans De Keulenaer is Director of Energy & Electricity at the European Copper Institute (ECI), a non-profit organisation working towards the support and expansion of copper and copper alloy’s markets in Europe. He has over 25 years of experience in running international campaigns for companies and international organisations in the industrial sector. His current interests are sustainable energy systems, e-learning, quality of supply, smart & age-adaptive buildings and energy regulation.
Speaker: Clas-Otto Wene
Clas-Otto Wene is Professor Emeritus in Energy Systems Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1997-2003 he worked at the International Energy Agency, where he wrote a book on learning curves, Experience curves for Energy Technology Policy, and co-authored a book on deployment programmes, Creating Markets for Energy Technologies. Wene has a PhD in Physics and received the Lindbohm Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in 1981.