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Towards sustainable energy: are there lessons from the history of the early factory system?

Bellaby, P, Flynn, R and Ricci, M 2010, 'Towards sustainable energy: are there lessons from the history of the early factory system?' , Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 23 (4) , pp. 333-348.

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Abstract

Development of sustainable energy has been slow. We compare it with a historical example of rapid innovation – the first factory system. The first factory system in the English Derwent Valley mills in the eighteenth century was based not on new technology like the steam engine, but on the familiar water mill. The locale was less prosperous than others in its agriculture and cottage textile industry, far from the English trade hub London and difficult to access. The drivers were “bottom-up”. Among the lessons drawn for sustainable energy are that bottom-up innovation, using whichever technology is practical in the context and local skills and know-how, might be a viable alternative to the current attempt at top-down innovation. The locales likely to succeed would have human resources, rather than significant finance capital, but a growing market for their products, the development of which is underpinned by institutions of the state and international cooperation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1351-1610
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 10:45
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:19
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19254

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