Which R&D Results make it to Market? Technologies for Low Energy Buildings in Theory versus Reality
Many objectively useful technologies, solutions and innovations are available for low energy houses. But it is frustrating how many solutions never make it into reality.We take a look at the market for low energy buildings in Austria, Gemany and Switzerland and check which products and solutions are used there. Then we try to find the reasons why some were successful and other solutions are not.What does this mean for a researcher, what can he/she do? How to build an early opinion, if a project has a chance or will never make it?Finally, we try to work out an analysis for one or two technologies in a playful discussion.
- Technologies for Low Energy Buildings;
- R&D and market success or market failure;
- energy saving; energy conservation;
- energy recovery;
- renewable energy harvesting;
- market mechanisms.
Pre-requisites: Some familiarity with technologies for reducing the energy consumption of buildings. Interest in understanding why some technologies are adopted and other solutions never make it to the market.
Dr. Guenther Beck
Place of employment: Manager and Principal at Beck & Partner KG, Austria
Curriculum Vitae: For more than 10 years Dr.Beck is manager and principal at his own business сonsulting firm in Vienna, Austria. He specializes on technology transfer and innovation management in the special fields of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Before starting his own business he was CFO, CEO and board member in several international electronics retail chains and active in various countries across Europe. Collaboration with KPI started in 2011 with a technology transfer of heatpipe technology for waste heat recovery for a German industrial company.
Apart from managing civil technology transfer projects he also works on privately funded projects in energy efficiency.
Spheres of interests: The main interest is in finding markets for objectively useful innovations to allow a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle to a wide number of people.
The prime focus is on making use of existing R&D results and innovations and bringing it into the market, but Dr.Beck is also active as consultant for R&D projects in Horizon 2020 or national R&D programs.
Patents, trademarks and IP protection are also very interesting topics, especially in the time of Open Innovation.