5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Talk with Kelly Sims Gallagher: The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology — Lessons from China

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Energy-related goods account for more than ten percent of international trade, yet policy makers, academics, and the business community perceive barriers to the global diffusion of these emerging technologies. Using case studies from China’s solar photovoltaic, gas turbine, advanced battery, and coal gasification industries to examine both barriers and incentives in clean energy technology transfer, Kelly Sims Gallagher demonstrates that clean energy technologies already cross borders through foreign direct investment, licensing, joint R& D and other channels. She finds that the barriers are not as daunting as many assume, IP infringement is not as widespread as business leaders fear, and that while financing does present an obstacle, the biggest single barrier is a lack of policy incentives.

Event followed by light reception.

Book will be available for purchase at the event. If you would like a copy in advance, you can purchase here

Kelly Sims Gallagher is Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. She is the author of China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development (MIT Press).


  • Kelly Sims Gallagher

    Senior Policy Advisor, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy