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Title:Time strategies in environmental innovation policy: the case of the mobile fuel cell and hydrogen infrastructure PDF Logo
Authors:Sartorius, Christian
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Working paper sustainability and innovation S4/2007
Abstract:Although fundamental innovations can make especially important contributions to the environmental soundness of economic progress, they are often impeded by path dependency and lock-in on the part of established technologies. Because the intensity of the latter effect changes in time, it is possible to identify and strategically use windows of opportunity - periods in which successful transition is greatly facilitated. In the case of the mobile fuel cell, economies of scale, learning and network effects are among the most important techno-economic determinants of such a window. Other more political determinants are political guidance and supranational agreements. All effects were combined to form a time strategy that allows innovation policy to effectively push the new technology at the lowest possible cost for the economy.
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:0011-n-661569
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation", Fraunhofer ISI

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