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Renewable Energy Clusters

Recurring Barriers to Cluster Development in Eleven Countries


Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 3-11
    3. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 13-20
    4. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 21-26
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 63-83
    3. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 85-109
  4. Discussion of Cross-Cutting Barriers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 167-176
    3. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 177-193
    4. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 195-224
    5. Gudrun Jaegersberg, Jenny Ure
      Pages 225-242
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-276

About this book


Taking eleven countries in Europe, Canada, South Africa, America, Latin America and Australia, this book discusses recurring barriers to cluster development in the renewable energy sector. The authors look at the real-world dynamics and tensions between stakeholders on the ground, with a particular focus on the relationships between SMEs and other actors. This trans-regional study is unique in its scale and scope, drawing on a decade of field research to show how by learning from the successes and failures of other clusters, costs and risk can be reduced. The book fills a significant gap in the literature for policymakers, managers and economic developers in a key market.


Cluster Development Knowledge Sharing Regional Employment SME Integration SMEs Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Solar Energy Clusters Stakeholder Interfaces Value Creation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences at ZwickauZwickauGermany
  2. 2.University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Prof. Gudrun Jaegersberg holds a Chair in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau/ Germany and Dr. Jenny Ure is an academic researcher at the University of Edinburgh/UK. They have collaborated for over a decade on the recurring barriers in clusters, supply chains and extended enterprises in different industry sectors in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The authors have very extensive project experience in different industry sectors and different cultural contexts. Their books and journal publications focus on this to provide insights into the economic value of aligning technical and human infrastructure in distributed systems, as a means of cutting risk and creating value.

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