Skip navigation

Development of sustainable energy technologies in changing institutional and socio-political contexts: the case of combined heat and power in the UK

Development of sustainable energy technologies in changing institutional and socio-political contexts: the case of combined heat and power in the UK

Sentić, Anton (2017) Development of sustainable energy technologies in changing institutional and socio-political contexts: the case of combined heat and power in the UK. PhD thesis, University of Greenwich.

[img]
Preview
PDF
Anton Sentic 2017.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (2MB) | Preview

Abstract

The emergence and development of innovative, sustainable ideas and their interaction with incumbent regimes is one of the key focal areas of Transitions Research. While many authors publishing in the field focus on analysing successful transition processes, a smaller group of scholars reviews less successful transitions, aiming to understand the reasons for the partial or complete failure of these processes. In this thesis, the author will follow in the footsteps of the latter group, utilizing two analytical approaches from the broader field of Transitions Studies in order to investigate the case of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies in the United Kingdom.

CHP in the UK has been the focus of multiple studies from different viewpoints, using a variety of theories and analytical approaches. The story of CHP has often been conflated with the development of district heating systems although, more recently, scholars have taken a broader perspective on the utilization of CHP technologies. This thesis will attempt to take a holistic approach to the CHP industry, investigating a broad range of CHP application areas.

The author will use a two-step analysis, starting with a system-focused technological innovation systems analysis of the CHP industry and then broadening the scope of the enquiry to include a broader context, using niche and regime concepts derived from the Multi-level perspective and Strategic Niche Management. The approach is based on a joint framework proposed in the literature (Markard and Truffer, 2008) but rarely applied on empirical cases. Besides investigating the reasons behind the peculiar performance of CHP in the UK compared to other European countries (Weber, 2014), the author will also address gaps in theoretical developments related to the niche concept and niche typology (Raven, 2006; Smith and Raven, 2012), and the applicability of transition pathways concepts (Geels et al., 2016) for multi-regime transitions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: CHP technologies; CHP industry; strategic niche management; technological innovation systems;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 10:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24508

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics