Aligning innovation with grand societal challenges: Inside the European Technology Platforms in wind, and carbon capture and storage

Lykke Margot Ricard

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This paper investigates the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) in wind power and in CO2 capture and storage supported by the European Commission (EC). It examines the role of these Platforms in shaping the trajectory of European energy technology policy, and shows that the EC’s support for the ETPs marks a change from a solely evidence-based policy approach to the use of bottom-up policies designed to mobilize human capital based on social actors’ expectations, uncertainties and visions. These two ETPs include hitherto missing ‘key players’ who can enhance commercial legitimacy on both the input and output sides of the system. This constitutes an important, though narrow, type of legitimacy in regard to specific technology developments, and questions remain about the performance of the ETPs in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises and social representation. This paper provides a valuable first qualitative analysis of this phenomenon which is emerging as a new policy instrument.
TidsskriftScience and Public Policy
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)169–183
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2016

Bibliografisk note

Lykke Margot Ricard is Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Department of Society and Globalization working on the LIPSE project funded by the EU FP7. She is an expert in innovation management and network studies. She holds a PhD from Technical University of Denmark and a MSc and BSc from Copenhagen Business School.


  • Innovation Policy
  • Innovation system
  • Technology policy
  • Legitimacy
  • European Union (EU)
  • Technology Platform
  • Energy Policy
  • Technology
  • Roadmap
  • Industry
  • Governance

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