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Sustainability 2010, 2(3), 757-782; doi:10.3390/su2030757

Wind Technology: A Framework for the Evaluation of Innovations’ Impacts on the Diffusion Potential

School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, P.O. Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Received: 21 December 2009 / Revised: 20 January 2010 / Accepted: 20 February 2010 / Published: 15 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Energy and Sustainability)
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This paper proposes a framework based on which innovations in wind power technologies can be evaluated from the standpoint of their contribution to diffusion expansion. The framework helps build up a missing link between the technical literature on innovations and policy-oriented contributions concerned with the diffusion potential of wind power in national energy systems. The ideas are applied for the evaluation of wind technology innovations adopted in Spain. The framework can help policy-makers prioritize their innovation objectives and funding, so as to support the adoption of innovations that deserve the highest priority, given the country’s resources and energy system characteristics.
Keywords: wind power; diffusion potential; technological innovations wind power; diffusion potential; technological innovations
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Dinica, V. Wind Technology: A Framework for the Evaluation of Innovations’ Impacts on the Diffusion Potential. Sustainability 2010, 2, 757-782.

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