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Transformation and Innovation in Power Systems

Part of the Sustainability and Innovation book series (SUSTAINABILITY)

The electricity system has been innovating itself from the beginning onwards – albeit with a long period of stabilization and incremental growth in between. It is with upcoming crises and impulses from inside and outside that the incumbent system is challenged and that marginal and innovative options (such as renewable technologies, or Combined Cycle Gas Turbines) have made their way into the system up to now. In this chapter, we provide a brief sketch of the transformation process in electricity systems as a context of our more focused case studies. We outline the development of electricity systems in the last one and a half centuries, look at the related innovation cycles and the outcome in terms of the current electricity system.

Keywords

Wind Turbine Electricity System Electricity Sector Renewable Technology Community Innovation Survey 
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