Dynamics, Networks and Energy Efficiency

N J McCullen, Alastair Rucklidge, Catherine Bale, Timothy Foxon, William Gale

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Models of innovation uptake can be based on various factors: a) rational decision-making with regards to the intrinsic value of a product; b) social spreading of technology or ideas induced by peer-to-peer communication of information; c) interaction with the “market' via a global feed-back.

For certain innovative technologies or behaviours the decision to adopt may be based on a combination of these factors. This is particularly the case for energy-related innovations, where some are more visible and socially desirable (such as solar panels) compared to others which are hidden (such as home insulation).

We introduce a threshold diffusion model for the dynamics of the adoption of such innovations that is based on a combination of all three factors, along with dynamical-systems inspired methods for analysing and understanding the numerically observed diffusion behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2013
EventSIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems - Snowbird, Utah, USA, Salt Lake City, USA United States
Duration: 19 May 201323 Dec 2013


ConferenceSIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems
CountryUSA United States
CitySalt Lake City

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