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Pathways from Small Scale Experiments to Sustainable Regional Development


To analyze the operation of the diffusion mechanisms capable of leading to the widespread use of environmentally sound technologies drawing upon experience in Denmark, Austria and Greece.

The project provide an analysis of three case studies. These are:

i the widespread adoption of solar water heaters in Greece;

ii the extensive application of windmills in Denmark, to generate electricity;

iii the successful use of biomass, mainly of forest origin, to fuel district heating systems in Austria;

The analysis of the barriers and driving forces that lead or inhibit the diffusion of technologies concentrates upon two vectors. First, diffusion which is brought about through market driven activity. This includes such issues as price, demand, learning costs and cultural influences such as fashion. The second vector is the development of grassroots movements, organised to adopt technology which is better applied collectively than individually - such as district heating. The study documents the diffusion process mechanisms from the pre-commercial phase through to full scale implementation at the regional level.

The project seeks to identify how the diffusion process may be improved and accelerated and examine in particular, what sort of policy options that local, national governmental and international policy makers may use to encourage this development.

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Roskilde Universitets Center

4000 Roskilde

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