Slow technologies and government intervention: Energy efficiency in industrial process technologies

Esther Luiten, Harro van Lente, Kornelis Blok

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Abstract

Many government interventions seek to increase the efficiency of industrial processes and to stimulate innovation. In this article we present and analyse four case studies of innovations in energy-efficient industrial process technologies: two in the paper and pulp industry and two in the iron and steel industry. We study the various networks around these technologies and investigate how they are affected by government intervention. An important relationship (an inverted U) is found between the momentum of the networks and the effectiveness of government R&D support for energy-efficient process technologies. It is concluded that R&D support can only be effective when it takes account of the characteristics of so-called 'slow technologies'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1044
Number of pages16
JournalTechnovation
Volume26
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Energy efficiency
  • Industrial process technology
  • Innovation
  • Momentum
  • R&D support

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