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dc.contributor.advisorHenry Birdseye Weil and Donald R. Lessard.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, William E. (William Elton)en_US
dc.contributor.otherSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-30T16:46:17Z
dc.date.available2009-01-30T16:46:17Z
dc.date.copyright2008en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/44433
dc.descriptionThesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, 2008.en_US
dc.descriptionLeaf 260 blank.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractAviation has used petroleum-derived fuels for over 100 years. With the rapidly rising price of oil and concerns about supply, the military and the commercial airlines are fostering the development of an alternative aviation fuel industry. In the U.S., coal, oil shale and biomass offer great promise as alternatives to petroleum for the production of aviation fuels. For the alternative fuel to be viable, the fuel must be price competitive, offer environmental benefits compared to petroleum, and must be qualified and certified for use in aviation. This thesis explores the barriers and risks associated with the technology adoption life cycle for alternative aviation fuels as viewed through the lenses of the technology developer, the early adopter, the early majority user, and the financial community. The challenges related to crossing the "Valley of Death" between technology development and deployment, and bridging the "Chasm" between the early adopters and the early majority of users are explored and a series of evaluation frameworks, tools, models, and recommendations are presented. The suggestions and recommendations provide potential actions that the military and the civil aviation sector could implement to reduce the risks and barriers for an alternative aviation fuel industry to commence and be sustainable both financially and environmentally.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby William E. Harrison, III.en_US
dc.format.extent260 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.titleAlternative fuels : how can aviation cross the "Valley of Death"en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.B.A.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc294904245en_US


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