Explaining the lack of dynamics in the diffusion of small stationary fuel cells

B. Droste-Franke, J. Krüger, S. Lingner, T.H.W. Ziesemer

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Fuel cell technology is using the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen to water in order to produce electricity and heat. It promises a high electrical efficiency even in small devices, which can be installed close to the consumer. This approach seems to be an impressive idea to contribute to a viable future energy supply under the restrictions of climate change policy. Major reasons currently hampering the diffusion of such technology for home energy supply in Germany are analyzed in this chapter. The barriers revealed include high production costs as well as economic and legal obstacles for installing the devices so that they can be operated in competition to central power plants and beside others in tenancies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustrial Dynamics, Innovation Policy, and Economic Growth through Technological Advancements
EditorsI.H. Yetkiner, M.T. Pamukcu, E. Erdil
Place of PublicationHershey, USA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages374
ISBN (Print)9781466619784
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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