chapter  10
Getting started: institutional obstacles
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The development of new technologies is never easy. This chapter looks at the difficulties experienced by renewable energy technologies in trying to get funding for research, using the UK wave power programme as an example. It also looks at the way in which wind power has been developed around the world, highlighting the different research and development strategies that were adopted. Finally, it looks at the technical problems experienced by the UK geothermal energy programme, highlighting how prone novel projects can be to initial failure.