Effects of Innovation and Domestic Market Factors on OECD Countries’ Exports of Wind Power Technologies

  • Joachim SchleichEmail author
  • Rainer Walz
Part of the Sustainability and Innovation book series (SUSTAINABILITY)


This chapter explores the effects of policies and other factors driving innovation in wind-power technologies in twelve OECD countries over more than two decades. Patent counts are used as an indicator for innovation. The factors considered are generally derived from the systems of innovation literature. Count data econometric model were used for the estimations. The suggest that patenting in wind-power technology is positively related to public R&D in wind power (reflecting supply-side policy), the stock of wind capacity (reflecting learning effects), the number of patents per capita (reflecting a country’s innovative capacity), and the share of Green party voters (reflecting the legitimacy of the technology). In particular, the presence of production or capacity targets for wind power or renewable energy sources and a stable policy environment (reflecting policy process) appear to be favourable for patenting wind-power technologies. These results are robust to various model specifications, distributional assumptions, and alternative classifications of windpower technologies in the patent search.



The authors would like to thank Rouven Emmerich for his thorough research assistance, Frank Marscheider-Weidemann for his help in retrieving patent data, and Mario Ragwitz for sharing his insights on renewable energy policies. Special thanks go to Gillian Bowman-Köhler for proofreading our paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grenoble Ecole de Management, Univ Grenoble Alpes ComUEGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation ResearchKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Competence Center Sustainability & Infrastructure SystemsFraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISIKarlsruheGermany

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