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Title: Principles of sustainability science to assess alternative energy technologies
Authors: Brent, AC
Keywords: Sustainability science
Sustainable development
Technology management
Technology assessment
International Association for Management of Technology Conference
IAMOT 2009 proceedings
Alternative energy technologies
Kolb learning cycle
Social-ecological systems
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Citation: Brent, AC. 2009. Principles of sustainability science to assess alternative energy technologies. International Association for Management of Technology Conference (IAMOT 2009), Orlando, Florida, USA, 5 - 9 April 2009, pp 15
Abstract: The emerging field of sustainability science recognizes the important role of technologies in reaching the conditional goals of sustainable development. Research in sustainable technologies requires transdisciplinarity to determine the resilience, adaptive capacity, and complexity of social-ecological systems to assess the potential of such technologies for increasing the carrying capacity and improving the resilience of social-ecological systems, or to assess the resilience of the technological system to demands from the social-ecological systems. This paper introduces a model to prioritize assessable sustainability performance indicators to manage alternative energy technologies following the principles of sustainability science. The model is based on the Kolb learning cycle, and thereby acknowledges the vital need for continual interaction between different entities and components of typical social-ecological systems, where specific technologies are to be introduced, to understand the key interactions within the sub-systems, also termed holons, that need to be assessed. The model is demonstrated with a case study in a rural village of South Africa, where an integrated alternative energy technological system was implemented. The application of the prioritized indicators is compared with the perceived overall performance of the technological system. The study confirms that an increased understanding of the principles of sustainability science may improve the assessment of sustainability performances of alternative energy technological interventions during the design stages of the technology life cycles. Further research is required to adapt conventional technology assessment methods and metrics; recommendations are made accordingly
Description: International Association for Management of Technology Conference (IAMOT 2009). Orlando, Florida, USA, 5 - 9 April 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3385
ISBN: 0981581722
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