Applying Cluster Analysis to Renewable Energy Emergent Sector at Local Level

  • Jaso LarruscainEmail author
  • Rosa Río-Belver
  • Ernesto Cilleruelo
  • Gaizka Garechana
  • Javier Gavilanes-Trapote
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering book series (LNMIE)


This paper aims to provide a brief overview of state-of-the-art methods of cluster analysis and to acknowledge their limitations when applied to local level in renewable energies. This emergent sector is becoming increasingly important within the field of Industrial Organization, with technological and industrial innovation being essential for the competitiveness of future “smart cities”. An understanding and analysis of the clusters formed by the different participating actors (public administration, centers of research and knowledge, and businesses) will be the key to safeguarding economic development, especially in their initial stage. As a conclusion, Social Network Analysis (SNA) tools together with Competitive Advantage Analysis (CAA) seem to be the most recommended methods.


Cluster analysis Renewable energy Network analysis Collaborative networks Management models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaso Larruscain
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rosa Río-Belver
    • 1
  • Ernesto Cilleruelo
    • 2
  • Gaizka Garechana
    • 3
  • Javier Gavilanes-Trapote
    • 1
  1. 1.Foresight Technology and Management (FTM) Group, Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of the Basque Country UPV/EHUVitoriaSpain
  2. 2.Foresight Technology and Management (FTM) Group, Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of the Basque Country UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain
  3. 3.Foresight Technology and Management (FTM) Group, Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of the Basque Country UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain

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