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Roadmapping an emerging energy technology: An ex-ante examination of dimethyl ether development in China

Zhou, Y and Xu, G and Zhi, Q and Zhang, F and Minshall, T and Su, J (2012) Roadmapping an emerging energy technology: An ex-ante examination of dimethyl ether development in China. International Journal of Product Development, 17. pp. 296-310. ISSN 1477-9056

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Abstract

Technology roadmapping has been used to strategise the development of energy technologies. However, there have been limited roadmapping applications that analyse the emergence of a new energy technology that then forms a new industry and propels broad-based low-carbon economic growth. This paper, therefore, attempts to develop a roadmapping framework by integrating the lifecycle analysis tool, in order to strategise the emergence of dimethyl ether, an alternative energy based on advanced engineering technologies such as carbon capture and storage. This paper compares two scenarios of dimethyl ether vs. diesel and finds that the superiority of dimethyl ether will not arise until 2030, when the complementary engineering technologies become available. This proposed framework can also be generalised to other clean energy industries, and we anticipate our paper will spark inspiration for roadmapping and strategising the 'right' technologies for the growth of Chinese energy industries. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon capture and storage Catalytic distillation technology Dimethyl ether Emerging energy technology Lifecycle analysis Technology roadmapping
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:07
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:27
DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2012.052106