Patterns of convergence within the emerging bioeconomy - The case of the agricultural and energy sector

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Technology Roadmapping, 2018, pp. 425 - 460
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© 2018 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. In light of an emerging bioeconomy, fading boundaries between the so far distinct agricultural and energy sector indicate a convergence process leading to a new competitive setting between established value chains requiring dynamic capabilities of the affected firms. On the basis of understanding convergence as a process within research-intensive industries, patent analyses can be applied to identify whether there are trends of convergence associated with the emerging bioeconomy. This study focuses on examining the nexus of agricultural and energy sector with regard to German biogas applications. Although different disciplinary activities within the field of biogas technologies can be confirmed, for now, biogas (as well as other bioenergy) applications seem to rather build a sub-segment within the energy value chain than forming a new inter-industry segment.
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