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Technological transitions and strategic niche management: the case of the hydrogen economy

Agnolucci, Paolo and Ekins, Paul (2007) Technological transitions and strategic niche management: the case of the hydrogen economy. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 7 (5-6). pp. 644-671. ISSN 1466-2132

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJETM.2007.015635

Abstract

There is considerable interest in the prospects for a large-scale transition to hydrogen as an energy source. This paper assesses these prospects through consideration of technological transition theory and especially the likelihood of hydrogen use becoming widespread through Strategic Niche Management (SNM). The paper shows that current niches show few signs of the characteristics that are necessary for niche expansion to the extent required, and concludes that at present hydrogen technologies still need substantial R&D support resulting in a number of scientific breakthroughs before they will become viable in competitive markets.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1741-511X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Technological transition, strategic niche management, SNM, hydrogen technologies, R&D support, research and development, hydrogen economy
Research Community:University of Westminster > Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
ID Code:2907
Deposited On:24 Jan 2007
Last Modified:07 Apr 2008 14:29

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