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Encircling cities from rural areas? Barriers to the diffusion of solar water heaters in China's urban market

Yu, Zhen; Gibbs, David

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Zhen Yu



Abstract

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Researchers have contributed a fruitful understanding of the facilitating factors for solar water heaters (SWH) diffusion in China at different governance levels. However, the barriers to its further diffusion in the urban environment have so far not been addressed. One feature of SWH diffusion in China is that it emerged from the rural market, mainly driven by market demand. This article explicitly focuses on China's diffusion of SWH from rural areas to urban cities and explores the problems and barriers obstructing its full potential in cities. Applying the Multi-level Perspective (MLP) framework, the results find that the technological niche is still not mature enough, and the urban regime is still powerful in terms of building infrastructure, consumer demand, policy coordination and vested interests. SWH development in China is promoted more as a business opportunity, while environmental discourses have not been powerful enough to promote further diffusion in the urban context. We suggest there is a need to focus on technology innovation with higher industry standards and to implement more benefit-based incentive policies to motivate incumbent actors.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2018
Journal Energy Policy
Print ISSN 0301-4215
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 115
Pages 366-373
Institution Citation Yu, Z., & Gibbs, D. (2018). Encircling cities from rural areas? Barriers to the diffusion of solar water heaters in China's urban market. Energy policy, 115, 366-373. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.01.041
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.01.041
Keywords General Energy; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421518300508?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Encircling cities from rural areas? Barriers to the diffusion of solar water heaters in China's urban market; Journal Title: Energy Policy; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.01.041; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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