Green Innovation in China: China's Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

Green Innovation in China: China's Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

by Joanna Lewis

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As the greatest coal-producing and consuming nation in the world, China would seem an unlikely haven for wind power. Yet the country now boasts a world-class industry that promises to make low-carbon technology more affordable and available to all. Conducting an empirical study of China's remarkable transition and the possibility of replicating their model elsewhere, Joanna I. Lewis adds greater depth to a theoretical understanding of China's technological innovation systems and its current and future role in a globalized economy.

Lewis focuses on China's specific methods of international technology transfer, its forms of international cooperation and competition, and its implementation of effective policies promoting the development of a home-grown industry. Just a decade ago, China maintained only a handful of operating wind turbines—all imported from Europe and the United States. Today, the country is the largest wind power market in the world, with turbines made almost exclusively in its own factories.

Following this shift reveals how China's political leaders have responded to domestic energy challenges and how they may confront encroaching climate change. The nation's escalation of its wind power use also demonstrates China's ability to leapfrog to cleaner energy technologies—an option equally viable for other developing countries hoping to bypass gradual industrialization and the "technological lock-in" of hydrocarbon-intensive energy infrastructure. Though setbacks are possible, China could one day come to dominate global wind turbine sales, becoming a hub of technological innovation and a major instigator of low-carbon economic change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231526876
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Series: Contemporary Asia in the World
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Joanna I. Lewis is an associate professor of science, technology, and international affairs at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research focuses on energy and environmental issues in China, including renewable energy industry development and climate change policy. She has worked for numerous governmental, nongovernmental, and international organizations and is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
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Chronology of Wind Power Development in China
1. Green Innovation in China
2. China's Energy and Climate Challenge
3. China in the Global Wind Power Innovation System
4. The Role of Foreign Technology in China's Wind Power Industry Development
5. Goldwind and the Emergence of the Chinese Wind Industry
6. Wind Energy Leapfrogging in Emerging Economies
7. Engaging China on Clean Energy Cooperation

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Kelly Sims Gallagher

This is a terrific, wonderfully detailed book. A fascinating account of the development of the wind industry in China.

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