Collaborating for Clean Energy Innovation Adoption

Scientific and Policy Solutions for Climate Change in India

This project aims to accelerate the development of new renewable technologies such as the “bionic leaf” and to understand the economic and policy context for this technology’s deployment and adoption in India.

Project Title

Collaborating for Clean Energy Innovation Adoption

Turning sunlight, carbon dioxide from air, and water directly into clean liquid fuel could be a game changer for the climate. We hope to show how this cutting-edge technology can move from the lab to households in a country whose approach to climate change will be crucial to meeting global goals to limit temperature rise.

Project Summary

Climate change is an inherently multidisciplinary challenge. The reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requires scientific innovation; however, the adoption of these innovations at scale is not possible without the policy framework and design that incentivizes and encourages consumers to choose clean energy sources over the alternatives. This project brings together Daniel Nocera’s clean energy innovation, the “bionic leaf,” with Rohini Pande’s policy and economic research to inform the adoption of the clean energy generated by the bionic leaf in India. The collaboration will not only set the stage for the successful introduction and scaling of the bionic leaf technology in India but will also inform approaches to accelerate the adoption of related GHG-reducing innovations in the future

Partner Affiliations in India

IFMR LEAD: Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development (LEAD)

Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai

Principal Investigators

  • Daniel Nocera

    Daniel Nocera

    Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • R. Pande

    Rohini Pande

    Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School