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Identifying bottlenecks in the photovoltaic systems innovation ecosystem – an initial study
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Sustainability, Innovation and Management in Building (SIMB).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7585-0718
WSP Environmental, Halmstad, Sweden.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Solar energy is likely to play a major role in future renewable energy systems. One important part in that is the integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems into the built environment. Earlier studies show that the institutional framework plays a major role for achieving a broad implementation of PV systems. It has however also shown that the value network of PV systems needs to be understood and developed further. In that respect, earlier research on innovation diffusion into the built environment shows the necessity of involving and understanding key stakeholders. Stakeholder analysis may help in identifying key stakeholders but fail in assessing the stakeholders’ role in the value network as it does not, for example, take into account the relational effects. Innovation Eco Systems is an approach that has the potential to do this as it addresses the alignment structure of the partners needed for the value proposition to occur. The aim with this initial study is to address the use of innovation ecosystem as a way of assessing implementation of PV systems in the built environment. Two structured workshops with two key stakeholder categories, Clients and Suppliers, were held to identify the main barriers for a broader implementation of PV systems into the built environment in Sweden. The main results show that the earlier studies were right in that the institutional framework is a major factor, but also that the value network is important and that the problems in the value network is perceived somewhat different between the two categories. This suggests that it will be necessary to address the value network from the perspective of the actors by applying an innovation ecosystem analysis. It also helped in identifying other important stakeholders in the value network that will be needed to include in the future studies. To summarize, the findings of this initial study suggest that innovation ecosystem will address a more comprehensive picture on the implementation of PV systems in the built environment. However, to be able to identify bottlenecks and subsequent solutions to these bottlenecks further studies of the complete innovation ecosystem, with its stakeholders, is necessary. The ongoing project is currently carrying out these studies in a Swedish context.

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2018. p. 360-367
Keywords [en]
PV, implementation, innovation, ecosystems, bottlenecks, stakeholders
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Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40595DiVA, id: diva2:1352160
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SASBE 2018, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment Conference. 6th CIB International conference, Sydney, Australia, December 4-7, 2018
Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-09-17 Last updated: 2019-09-19Bibliographically approved

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