Title: Multi-method approach for the comparative analysis of solar and wind energy industry structures in Germany and Iran

Authors: Maryam Ebrahimi

Addresses: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Georg Forster Research Fellowship, Department of Information Systems Management, University of Bayreuth Universitätsstraße 30, AI Building, 95447 Bayreuth

Abstract: The objective of this paper is comparing solar and wind energy industry structures in Germany and Iran through applying four industry analysis techniques known as strategy tools in technological issues including five forces model, diamond model, triple helix model, and sectoral innovation system in a comprehensive model. Regarding the purpose of the study, four research questions are specified which emphasises on understanding and analysing the current competition conditions, competitive advantage in the global market, main institutional players, and conditions of functions of innovation system. In order to answer the questions, a field interview using a questionnaire was conducted which includes indicators derived from literature review. Respondents are 30 experts who are aware of the solar and wind energy industry in Iran and Germany and are selected by purposive sampling. In order to further justify the answers provided by the participants, various world statistical data is used and presented.

Keywords: comparative analysis; renewable energy; industry structure; Germany; Iran.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETP.2018.090679

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy, 2018 Vol.14 No.2/3, pp.197 - 225

Received: 27 Oct 2015
Accepted: 09 Jun 2016

Published online: 02 Jan 2018 *

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