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The socio-technological history of hydrogen and fuel cells in Sweden1978-2005: mapping the innovation trajectory
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (USSTE (Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment))
Model Energy, Cemil Topuzlu Str. Is Bankasi Blocks, F Block 12/24, Fenerbahce, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey.
2012 (English)In: International journal of hydrogen energy, ISSN 0360-3199, Vol. 37, no 17, 12043-12053 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

At the turn of the millennium high expectations were connected to fuel cells. Various energy companies, politicians as well as many initiated public–private partnerships were of the same opinion: a Hydrogen Economy would combine economic growth with environmental concerns and security of energy supply and that was crucial for the future. But this was not the first time there were high expectations on fuel cells and in this article we map the changes 1978–2005 from energy transformers over to batteries and then end up as energy sources. We take their heterogeneous character for genuine and analyse how they are part of different discourses by following the construction of them by actor-networks. The article discuss how fuel cells and hydrogen had to change to fit together with the discourse of ecomodernisation, or to put the question differently, we analyse which aspects of the heterogeneous fuel cell technology are emphasised when connected to the iscourse of ecomodernisation. This analysis and the conclusions drawn contribute to a better understanding of technological change and also show important lessons for practitioners

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Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 37, no 17, 12043-12053 p.
Keyword [en]
Innovations, Actor-network, Ecological modernisation, Fuel cell, Discourse, Hydrogen economy
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52683DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.06.023OAI: diva2:506389
Available from: 2012-02-28 Created: 2012-02-28 Last updated: 2014-03-17Bibliographically approved

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