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Energies 2016, 9(6), 471; doi:10.3390/en9060471

A Natural Analogy to the Diffusion of Energy-Efficient Technologies

Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport, P.O. Box 2, 1755 ZG Petten, The Netherlands
Academic Editor: Patrik Thollander
Received: 12 April 2016 / Revised: 7 June 2016 / Accepted: 8 June 2016 / Published: 18 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Industrial Energy Efficiency)
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A new mathematical approach to the diffusion of energy-efficient technologies is presented using the diffusion of natural processes as an analogy. This approach is applied to the diffusion of the electric arc furnace in Japan. The main advantage offered by the new approach is the incorporation of an average effect of barriers to, and support measures for, innovation. This approach also incorporates some of the parameters influencing the cost-effectiveness of the investment in the new technology as the main driver for adopting the innovation. The straightforward equivalence between natural phenomena and the diffusion of innovation requires the conceptual abstraction of setting a dimension (and defining) the medium in which the diffusion takes place. This new approach opens new research paths to analysing under what circumstances innovations can take-off, the effect of barriers in the diffusion of energy efficient technologies, or how the diffusion process is incorporated in energy-system models. View Full-Text
Keywords: diffusion of innovations; energy-system models; energy-efficiency gap; barriers diffusion of innovations; energy-system models; energy-efficiency gap; barriers
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