What is it about?
Innovation Ecosystems consists of many independent and yet interdependent enterprises and actors. The offshore wind park energy innovative ecosystem consists of complementary and competing enterprises to engage in the production side of energy, enterprises and energy users to engage in the demand side, and third party enterprises to engage in offshore wind energy by e.g. providing port facilities. A business innovation ecosystem then exists with a set of actors—producers, suppliers, service providers, end users, regulators, and civil society organisations—that contribute to a collective outcome for value creation in society
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Why is it important?
The offshore wind park innovative ecosystem is important to fulfil the UN Strategic Development Goal( SDG) no. 7:"'assure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all". In practice, many independent and yet interdependent enterprises work on offshore wind parks without a focal firm or platform to span the ecosystem. Collaboration is then called for among participants to avoid sub optimization to hinder value creation in society. Therefore this research focus on the question: How can innovation ecosystems organise direction for value creation without a focal firm or platform in pre-phases of innovation? The answers to this question contributes both to literature end to practices within renewable energy.
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This page is a summary of: Organising direction of innovation ecosystems for extended clean energy production, Journal of Cleaner Production, November 2022, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134150.
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Abstract This study aims to reveal how innovation ecosystems can organise value creation without a focal firm or a platform during the pre-phases of innovation. This has been scarcely researched hitherto; therefore, a participatory action research approach is used to reveal essential phenomena emerging in collaboration with research participants. An extended approach for innovation ecosystems to create value in society is hereby revealed beyond the coordination done by a focal firm or a platform, as noted in previous research. The study was conducted from September 2017 to June 2018 in a port in the Baltic Sea. Four enterprises participated in representing complementary activities for value creation in the pre-phases of establishing a new offshore wind park within the wind-energy innovation ecosystem. The findings are summarised using in the ‘EcoValue BMI’ model. The findings highlight the essential role of value proposition in innovation ecosystems in focusing and structuring the direction of complementary independent initiatives for value creation, as noted in the middle of the model. All participating enterprises could identify the overall ecosystem value proposition. This insight into the overall value proposition is realised by organising collaborative business model innovation (BMI) to set horizontal innovation directions for exploration and exploitation of interfaces and flow among ecosystem participants for cleaner energy production. Further research is required to verify and enhance the ‘EcoValue BMI’ findings through new research conducted in similar large innovation ecosystems without a focal firm or a platform to coordinate the innovation ecosystem for value creation in society.
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