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Energy Research Output and Impact

Background

Energy is fundamental to the survival and development of human society, and it is an important factor constraining human economic and social development. China’s energy development has been taking a path featuring high technological content, low resource consumption, low environmental pollution, good economic efficiency, and guaranteed safety.

This report describes the overall research performance of the subject area in the past decade and establishes the following four sub-fields of Energy Science: Carbon Emission Reduction Technology, Renewable Energy, Energy Storage and Hydrogen Energy, and Energy Efficiency Management. It includes scholarly output and impact, research collaboration and funding, and the integration of research and industry.

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Energy Report

Landscape and Development Trends of Energy Research

Published by: Elsevier, Xiamen University, Tan Kah Kee Innovation Laboratory, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials

Landscape and Development Trends of Energy Research cover

Tan Kah Kee Innovation Laboratory (Fujian Science & Technology Innovation Laboratory for Energy Materials of China) was established on September 10, 2019. It is one of the first four provincial innovation laboratories in Fujian. Established by Xiamen University, it’s the first physical laboratory named after the founder of Xiamen University, Tan Kah Kee. As the first public institution co-sponsored by Xiamen City and Xiamen University, the laboratory is the innovation platform that enjoys the largest investment, greatest worth, highest position, and most dynamic system in Fujian, aiming to build a national strategic science and technology force.

The Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials (iChEM) was established jointly by Xiamen University, Fudan University, the University of Science and Technology of China, and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It has been created under the framework of “Collaborative Innovation Program” of the Ministries of Education and Finance of China, the so-called “2011-Program”. The center gathers and fosters a number of top-notch international academic talents to make enormous original scientific achievements on energy material chemistry and build a world-class scientific research center.

Analysis objectives and challenges

  • Evaluate the academic outputs and academic impact of Energy Science

  • Cross-field and academia-industry analysis

  • Identify the development factors of Energy Science

  • Exploring multiple research directions of Energy Science

  • Global data comparison, transnational data comparison and analysis

Solutions

Given the strategic significance of Energy Science, it is essential to evaluate and predict its developmental trends. This report uses quotation from the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, Elsevier's Scopus, along with the research evaluation platform SciVal, the funding database Funding Institutional, patent analysis database PatentSight, relevant national policy files, official websites of energy enterprises, and national and regional patent offices, and provides an evaluation of the output, role, contribution, and impact of Energy Science through bibliometric analysis, combined with big data indicators of energy scientific results and patents from 2010 to 2021.

  • Apply multiple indicators to analyze the effectiveness of data and quantify the scope and impact of research outcome

  • Identify research topics and research trends around the globe, and help researchers formulate research plans

  • Utilize global data to conduct differentiated instruction on countries/regions and institutions, recognizing the disadvantages and highlight the advantages

  • Understand the development trends of interdisciplines and sub-interdisciplines

  • Clarify how research supports practical applications and innovation

Scholarly output

Global and benchmarking countries in Energy Science and compound annual growth rate Source: Scopus

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Global and-benchmarking countries in Energy Science and compound annual growth rate infographic

Knowledge flow diagram

Citing and cited relationships between the four sub-fields of Energy Science and ASJC subject areas, 2010-2021. Source: Scopus

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Citing and cited relationships between the four sub fields of Energy Science and ASJC subject areas infographic

Academic-corporate Collaborative Output

The top 20 Chinese corporations by academic-corporate collaboration in Energy Science, their output volume, share and FWCI of Energy Science academic-corporate publications, 2010-2021 Source: Scopus

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The top 20 Chinese corporations by academic corporate collaboration in Energy Science infographic

Funding and international collaboration

Top 12 countries by internationally collaborative publication output in Energy Science discipline and the number of collaborations between countries, 2010-2021 Source: Scopus

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Top 12 countries by internationally collaborative publication output in Energy Science infographic

Patents

Average number of patent citations for Energy Science publications (per thousand) in the comparators (left) and share of Energy Science publications cited by patents in the comparators (right), 2010-2021 Source: PatentSight

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Sub-field activity

Changes in the proportion of publications in four sub-fields out of all articles in the benchmarking countries 2010-2021 Source: Scopus

Carbon Emission and Renewable Energy infographics
Energy storage and Energy efficiency infograhics

The Academician’s Comments

Achieving large-scale low-carbon and even carbon-neutral energy use is a major and long-term issue for sustainable development of human beings. The report on Landscape and Development Trends of Energy Research provides a comprehensive overview and detailed analysis of trends in basic disciplines in the field of internationally advanced energy industries from the perspective of bibliometric analysis. It not only shows the trend and development of new energy science and technology, but also reveals China's positive contribution to the development of the international energy field.

This report is very useful for both policy makers and front-line researchers. In addition, high quality patents are also an important indicator for an energy power, and I hope that future energy strategy reports will also provide more objective and detailed analysis on patent technology and other aspects.

Professor Can Li, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of Clean Energy National Laboratory, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Can Li