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Explaining the success of emerging technologies by innovation system functioning: the case of biomass digestion in Germany

  • Simona O. Negro

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  • Marko P. Hekkert

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    We examine the view that the success of emerging technologies may be understood using a technological innovation systems analysis, drawing on a systems functions approach. This is done in the context of a case study of the successful diffusion of biomass digestion technology in Germany. We show that that all system functions that are claimed to be important within the innovation systems approach are present in the German Biomass Innovation System; and that these system functions positively interact leading to virtuous cycles and a rapid growth of the German Biomass Digestion Innovation System.

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    Paper provided by Utrecht University, Department of Innovation Studies in its series Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) working paper series with number 08-08.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2008
    Date of revision: Feb 2008
    Handle: RePEc:uis:wpaper:0808
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    1. Thomas Decker & Klaus Menrad & Stefan Berenz & Robert Wagner, 2007. "Regulation and innovation in biogas technology in selected European countries," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(1/2), pages 89-108.
    2. Jacobsson, Staffan & Johnson, Anna, 2000. "The diffusion of renewable energy technology: an analytical framework and key issues for research," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 28(9), pages 625-640, July.
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