Anchorage of Innovations: Assessing Dutch efforts to use the greenhouse effect as an energy source

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This case study concerns the Dutch glasshouse horticulture sector which is responsible for 10% of the country’s natural gas consumption. Various developments resulted in internal as well as external pressures to bring this down. This has led to a variety of ‘alternative energy approaches’ for the sector. The interactions between niche and regime, however, are not well understood. Building on Loeber (2003) the concept of ‘anchorage’ to analyse this interaction is used. It is concluded that the concept of anchorage provides a useful tool to study the interaction between niche and regime and the crooked pathways of ‘innovation in the making’
Original languageDutch
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • natural gas
  • energy consumption
  • greenhouses
  • agricultural development

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