Richard Kauffman: Clean Energy Markets: We’ve Got the Innovation and Deployment Cart and Horse Backwards
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China has become the world’s largest producer of solar modules. But did you know that these Chinese manufacturers are using technology breakthroughs developed in the United States?
And it’s not just China using our technology innovations. Many European countries — who produce substantially more of their electricity from renewable energy than the United States — depend on our nation’s thriving renewable energy innovation engine, with substantial intellectual property in renewable energy and energy-efficient technology.
For example, Germany produces nearly 20 percent of its electricity from wind, solar and biomass — more than twice the percentage of the U.S. So there’s ample demand for renewables to ensure deployment of new renewable technologies for power production.
Given that the United States is the birthplace to some of the world’s greatest clean energy technology, what’s the disconnect in our ability to deploy it?