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The importance of iteration and deployment in technology development: A study of the impact on wave and tidal stream energy research, development and innovation

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  • MacGillivray, Andrew
  • Jeffrey, Henry
  • Wallace, Robin

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The technological trajectory is the pathway through which an innovative technology develops as it matures. In this paper we model the technological trajectory for a number of energy technologies by analysing technological change (characterised by unit-level capacity up-scaling) and diffusion (characterised by growth in cumulative deployed capacity) using sigmoidal 5 Parameter Logistic (5PL) functions, observed and reported as a function of unit deployment.

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  • MacGillivray, Andrew & Jeffrey, Henry & Wallace, Robin, 2015. "The importance of iteration and deployment in technology development: A study of the impact on wave and tidal stream energy research, development and innovation," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 542-552.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:87:y:2015:i:c:p:542-552
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.10.002
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