Presentation on China's solar energy sector at the International Solar Research Center (ISC) in Konstanz

On March 5, 2013, Rainer Quitzow presented an analysis of the Chinese innovation system for solar photovoltaics at the International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC) Konstanz.

News from Mar 14, 2013

Rainer Quitzow spoke to the staff of ISC Konstanz about the development of the Chinese innovation system for solar photovoltaics, highlighting the key factors which have enabled the rapid catch-up of Chinese solar energy firms. An important message from the analysis was that active central government support has only played a relatively minor role, although this is changing. More important have been local level industrial policy, international knowledge partnerships and the pioneering activities of a small number of private enterprises, which began their engagement in the sector in the period between 1999 to 2001.These findings are part of a research project on the international diffusion of environmental innovations, entitled "Lead Market Strategies: First Mover, Early Follower, Late Follower", funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.