Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez

Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez
Harvard University | Harvard · Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

PhD in Economics
Research on energy and innovation policy. Currently, my work focuses on the emergence of hydrogen technologies.

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Introduction
I am a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer’s Center Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP). I investigate the role of hydrogen in the decarbonization of energy systems across different countries with a focus on technology policy, economics, and geopolitical dimensions.
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - January 2017
ETH Zurich
Position
  • Teaching Assistant - Corporate Sustainability lecture
September 2015 - March 2016
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Position
  • Academic Content Developer for the Urban Infrastructure Management MOOC
February 2015 - January 2016
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2014 - August 2016
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Field of study
  • Energy Management and Sustainability
September 2010 - July 2014
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Field of study
  • Energy Engineering, minor in Energy Use and Management

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Publications (18)
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Governments around the world try to accelerate sociotechnical change toward sustainability by introducing policy mixes that combine technology-push and demand-pull instruments. Beyond innovation and deployment, other objectives, such as domestic job and industry creation, are usually part of these policy mixes. However, little is known about how po...
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This chapter presents a taxonomy of PV installations based on ownership and user structures in urban environments. The taxonomy makes it easier to identify community solar installations and map economic, environmental and social incentives for participants. Before presenting the new taxonomy, the chapter provides a brief overview of existing classi...
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The European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package introduced fundamental changes compared to its 2020 predecessor. These changes included a stronger focus on the internal market and an increased emphasis on technology-neutral decarbonization while simultaneously de-emphasizing the renewables target. This article investigates whether changes in d...
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This paper focuses on the market and geopolitical implications of renewable hydrogen adoption at scale in the European Union (EU) and presents long-term strategies based on three reference scenarios. Each scenario focuses on one key strategic variable: energy independence, cost (optimization), or energy security. Our analysis shows that only by wo...
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The European Union (EU) is highly competitive in clean technologies manufacturing and thus well-positioned to benefit from the emergence of global hydrogen markets. But a narrow focus on short-term cost considerations could drive member states to implement national roadmaps with little or no coordination among themselves and hence little or no chan...
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The transportation sector is the second-largest source of CO2 emissions, after electricity and heat generation, accounting for about 25 percent of global emissions. However, it is also one of the most challenging to decarbonize due to its distributed nature and the advantages of fossil fuels in terms of high energy densities, ease of transportation...
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Europe should not lose the opportunity to leverage its recovery plans to kick-start a clean hydrogen society. Success is possible, but this transformational effort will require close coordination between policy, technology, capital, and society-to avoid falling into the traps and inefficiencies of the past. Only by working together, can the Europea...
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A rapid, global diffusion of clean energy technologies is central to the efforts to curb global carbon dioxide emissions. Deployment policies based on economic incentives have proved effective in accelerating the uptake of renewable technologies, such as solar photovoltaics, and could quicken the adoption of others. However, their outcomes were oft...
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Technology decline is a central element of sustainability transitions. However, transition scholars have only just begun to analyze decline. This paper uses the technological innovation systems (TIS) perspective to study decline. Our case is nuclear energy, which is at a crossroads. Some view nuclear as a key technology to address climate change, w...
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In many countries, the lock-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic triggered discussions on the use of digital interaction formats for academic exchange. The pace with which researchers adopted digital formats for conferences, lectures, and meetings showed that currently available tools can substitute many of the physical interactions at work. It also s...
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Deployment policies based on economic incentives are among the most effective tools for speeding up the diffusion of clean energy technologies. Policy instruments such as feed-in tariffs have played a critical role in driving the growth of solar photovoltaics, and could accelerate the uptake of other technologies that are key to the decarbonization...
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The new Energy Act in Switzerland came into force in January 2018 with very encouraging provisions for community solar PV systems – clearer financial and legal structures under the ZEV (Zusammenschluss zum Eigenverbrauch). However, there is no ex-ante scientific research as to how this new policy will fare, especially with changing electricity pric...
Technical Report
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This report aims to understand what lies ahead for the energy system according to the next generation of professionals in the energy sector. It summarizes the insights from a survey conducted through YES-Europe’s network of young leaders for energy and sustainability. Eighty-eight respondents from 20 countries shared their perspectives about the fu...
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EESN Analytical Insights Key takeaways - Energy students lack support for launching start-ups and finding internships in industry. - Young energy professionals lack support for launching start-ups and finding first job opportunities. - Universities and student-led organizations are seen as key support providers during university, while the energy...
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The accelerated adoption of solar PV technology worldwide in recent years has been driven by the drastic cost reduction of PV modules and the economies of utility-scale power plants. Nevertheless, additional cost reductions are needed to make solar electricity fully competitive against conventional power sources. The drop in PV module prices modifi...
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The Swiss Federal Government faces the challenge of ensuring a reliable and affordable electricity supply while fulfilling the nuclear phase-out and strengthening its commitment to a sustainable future. Swiss households are becoming the largest consumers of electricity, while displaying a large potential of substantially contributing to the energy...
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Pretreatment is a crucial stage in the processing of lignocellulosic feedstocks towards obtaining fermentable sugars and fuels in biorefinery facilities. Many techniques have been studied in order to reduce recalcitrance of biomass to enzymatic hydrolysis, but few comparative studies have been published. In this report, the review of seven promisin...

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To ascertain policy design features that enable governments to harness rapid and uncertain technological change for their benefit. The project focuses on the energy transition and innovation and deployment policies for solar PV.