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Expert hydrogen perspectives for technological innovation: A Q-method study

Baxter, Jenifer and Hacking, Nicholas 2015. Expert hydrogen perspectives for technological innovation: A Q-method study. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 40 (8) , pp. 3111-3121. 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.06.171

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Abstract

There are currently a number of fundamental sustainability challenges which impact upon a variety of social, economic and environmental domains. One of these is energy supply where significant uncertainties exist in how best to tackle the multi-dimensional problems being raised in each of these areas. Because of this uncertainty, normative approaches to the development of low-carbon technological innovations will always contested. Q methodology, an established form of discourse analysis, was therefore undertaken in order to explore the competing visions and perspectives of experts working in the radical technological field of hydrogen production from waste. This is the first time that the perspectives of expert stakeholders involved in a technological innovation system (TIS) for hydrogen have been investigated using Q methodology. These contributors revealed limited awareness of each other. From this, we conclude that improvements need to be made to policies aimed at boosting the networks being used by the broad community of hydrogen-from-waste professionals. In particular, efforts should be centred on the skills required to manage the dissemination of communication regarding successful innovation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Q methodology; Hydrogen; Perspectives; Technological innovation systems; Futures; Participation
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0360-3199
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019 16:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/74075

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