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Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

(1) Technical barriers,

(2) Economic barriers and

(3) Institutional, legal and behavioural barriers.

In order to remedy these barriers, the report stresses that a simultaneous approach is needed covering not only research and development but also the market deployment, including training, awareness raising, certification and incentives.

Source: OECD & IEA

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