The hesitant emergence of low carbon technologies in the UK: The micro-CHP innovation system

L. Hudson, M. Winskel, S. Allen

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Abstract

Micro combined-heat-and-power (micro-CHP) technology has potential to contribute significantly to the UK's climate change strategy. This study applies a technological innovation systems (TIS) analysis to the UK domestic micro-CHP sector to better understand the dynamics of this emerging technology, identify policy options for enhanced system development, while also assessing the effectiveness of the TIS framework as an analytical tool. Interviews with key system actors are used to understand system functions, enabling an analysis of system development over time in terms of inter-functional relations, and a brief comparison with the Dutch micro-CHP system. Specific policy recommendations are made, including clarification of government 'renewable' vs 'low-carbon' climate change mitigation objectives, establishing dedicated targets, incentives and supports for adoption, installation and industry representation. A critique of the TIS framework highlights the dangers of selectivity with regard to key functional patterns, underdevelopment of consumer influences, and insularity with respect to wider influences on innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-312
Number of pages16
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • technology and innovation studies
  • energy industry
  • innovation studies
  • technology diffusion
  • low carbon
  • renewables
  • micro-CHP

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