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Title: A comparison group analysis of DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program

Abstract

Over the past decade, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has conducted four evaluations of the economic impacts of the US DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program (ERIP). None of these evaluations has involved the use of a comparison group. Instead, statistics on the innovation process have been compiled from a review of the literature. Unfortunately, the types of technologies and inventors documents by previous studies do not match those supported by the Energy-Related Inventions Program. ERIP-supported technologies are diverse in both application and technical complexity. ERIP-supported inventors are a particular subset of inventors: the Program targets inventors who are either independently employed or are employees of a small business. The purpose of this task is to identify and characterize a matched comparison group of inventors whose progress can be compared with the progress of ERIP inventors. With this comparison group, we will be able to assess more accurately the impact of the ERIP support and thereby strengthen the program's impact evaluations. This report is divided into six sections. As background to understanding the comparison group design and the results provided in this report, section 1.3 provides an overview of the Energy-Related Inventions Program. Section 2 describes the research design used to define andmore » characterize a suitable comparison group. Section 3 presents comparative statistics describing both the comparison group and the ERIP technologies. Section 4 is more qualitative in nature; it describes four technologies in the comparison group that were commercially successful, focusing on how they succeeded in the absence of DOE/ERIP support. The report ends with a summary of its findings (section 5) and a list of references (section 6).« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
6147344
Report Number(s):
ORNL/CON-365
ON: DE93017239
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; INVENTIONS; FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; US DOE; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER; COMMERCIALIZATION; EMPLOYMENT; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS; ENERGY SOURCE DEVELOPMENT; EVALUATION; FINANCING; LOAD MANAGEMENT; PATENTS; POWER METERS; PROGRAM MANAGEMENT; SALES; SEALING MATERIALS; SURVEYS; SWITCHES; DOCUMENT TYPES; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRIC MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; ENERGY SYSTEMS; EQUIPMENT; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; METERS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; US ORGANIZATIONS; 290500* - Energy Planning & Policy- Research, Development, Demonstration, & Commercialization

Citation Formats

Brown, M.A., Curlee, T.R., Elliott, S.R., and Franchuk, C.A. A comparison group analysis of DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program. United States: N. p., 1993. Web. doi:10.2172/6147344.
Brown, M.A., Curlee, T.R., Elliott, S.R., & Franchuk, C.A. A comparison group analysis of DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program. United States. doi:10.2172/6147344.
Brown, M.A., Curlee, T.R., Elliott, S.R., and Franchuk, C.A. Tue . "A comparison group analysis of DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program". United States. doi:10.2172/6147344. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6147344.
@article{osti_6147344,
title = {A comparison group analysis of DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program},
author = {Brown, M.A. and Curlee, T.R. and Elliott, S.R. and Franchuk, C.A.},
abstractNote = {Over the past decade, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has conducted four evaluations of the economic impacts of the US DOE's Energy-Related Inventions Program (ERIP). None of these evaluations has involved the use of a comparison group. Instead, statistics on the innovation process have been compiled from a review of the literature. Unfortunately, the types of technologies and inventors documents by previous studies do not match those supported by the Energy-Related Inventions Program. ERIP-supported technologies are diverse in both application and technical complexity. ERIP-supported inventors are a particular subset of inventors: the Program targets inventors who are either independently employed or are employees of a small business. The purpose of this task is to identify and characterize a matched comparison group of inventors whose progress can be compared with the progress of ERIP inventors. With this comparison group, we will be able to assess more accurately the impact of the ERIP support and thereby strengthen the program's impact evaluations. This report is divided into six sections. As background to understanding the comparison group design and the results provided in this report, section 1.3 provides an overview of the Energy-Related Inventions Program. Section 2 describes the research design used to define and characterize a suitable comparison group. Section 3 presents comparative statistics describing both the comparison group and the ERIP technologies. Section 4 is more qualitative in nature; it describes four technologies in the comparison group that were commercially successful, focusing on how they succeeded in the absence of DOE/ERIP support. The report ends with a summary of its findings (section 5) and a list of references (section 6).},
doi = {10.2172/6147344},
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place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {6}
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