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Fuel Cells for the Future: A contribution to technology forecasting from a technology-dynamics perspective

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Fuel Cells For the Future; A Contribution to Technology Forecasting from a Technology Dynamics Perspective Fuel Cells for the Future © G.J. Schaeffer, 1998 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission from the author. ISBN 90 365 12 30 1 Cover design and layout: G.J. Schaeffer FUEL CELLS FOR THE FUTURE A contribution to technology forecasting from a technology dynamics perspective PROEFSCHRIFT ter verkrijging van de graad van doctor aan de Universiteit Twente, op gezag van de rector magnificus, prof.dr.F.A. van Vught, volgens besluit van het College voor Promoties in het openbaar te verdedigen op vrijdag 6 november 1998 te 13.15 uur. door Gerrit Jan Schaeffer geboren op 24 oktober 1966 te Hoogeveen Dit proefschrift is goedgekeurd door de promotor: Prof.dr. A. Rip 5 Preface It seems ages ago that I called the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN as a student and asked whether they could provide me an internship for my study. When the lady on the line heard that the name of my study started with ‘philosophy’, she almost stopped the conversation. It took me a few minutes before I could convince her that it was not that bad, that I also knew a thing or two about technology and that, in the end, my study officially was labelled as ‘technical’. My request went to the unit Policy Studies of ECN (in that time still known as the Energy Study Centre) and at least one person was willing to take the risk to give me a chance. The internship ended in my master thesis (on the development of district heating systems in The Netherlands) and in a proposal from ECN to start a similar but longer study on the development of fuel cells. I gladly accepted this proposal, went to the United States for a few months to enjoy my last chance on a holiday of several months, and almo

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