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Direct Air Capture: The Upscaling of Sustainable Technologies

Andresen, Jule (2021) Direct Air Capture: The Upscaling of Sustainable Technologies.

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Abstract:This thesis aims to detect and examine factors that promote the upscaling of direct air capture (DAC) from the vantage point of Strategic Niche Management (SNM). SNM is a theoretical social science approach that helps to identify the challenges and opportunities of the diffusion of sustainable technologies like DAC. The thesis pays special attention to the role of government, particularly the European Union (EU), in the upscaling process. Therefore, it addresses the research questions: What factors, predicted by SNM, influence the upscaling of DAC technologies? Additionally, what role does government play in these factors? These questions are answered using a literature review and a case study based on data collected through a multi-media approach. Findings suggest that niche operation is the predominant factor in promoting the upscaling of DAC. The nurturing and preservation of this niche is, however, dependent on the three subfactors: articulation of expectations, learning, and social networking. Findings also demonstrate precedence among these internal niche processes, highlighting the crucial role of expectations at the current stage in the innovation process followed by social networking and learning. Moreover, it is indicated that the EU has the capacity to influence the upscaling of DAC via the regulatory environment.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87713
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