"Policy Mix"
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"Grüner Wandel"
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2.2 Innovation

As part of its Energiewende, Germany is aiming to substantially increase the power generated by renewable energy sources through a wide variety of policies and measures. In the GRETCHEN project, among other things, we are interested in the extent to which the existing political framework conditions in Germany influence the innovative activities of the manufacturers and suppliers of renewable electricity generation installations and components.

In order to better understand the policy mix's influence on the phase of innovation, the Fraunhofer ISI has commissioned the German SOKO Institute for Social Research and Communication based in Bielefeld to conduct a telephone survey of companies manufacturing electricity generation technologies, which took place from mid April to June 2014.

In total, approx. 1,200 companies were contacted for a telephone interview lasting roughly 20 minutes in order to discuss the following topics:

  1. Introduction: Product portfolio
  2. Policy Mix: Expansion targets, political instruments and boundary conditions
  3. Innovation: Type and extent of the planned and conducted innovation activities
  4. Market environment: Current market setting
  5. Economic data: Turnover and number of employees

We would like to thank all the companies taking part for their valuable input!

Data protection is of course guaranteed in this survey: All the data are treated in the strictest confidence and are fully anonymized before evaluation. It will not be possible to tell where the data came from and the results allow no conclusions to be drawn about the companies involved.

You can find more information in the flyer on the company survey. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call the SOKO Institute's FREEPHONE service number 0800 5254500 at any time.

The descriptive results of the GRETCHEN survey were summarized in the following publication: Rogge, K. S. (2015): Innovation activities of manufacturers of renewable power generation technologies. Descriptive results of the GRETCHEN innovation survey, April – July 2014. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

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