Consumer acceptance of fuel-cell systems in electronic products

Bas Flipsen, Christos Spitas, Anne Raangs

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Introducing a fuel-cell powered power source in a portable electronic device could increase the run time of the device. It will also introduce problems such as higher run costs. One important property for the user when he/she is buying a device is the 'runtime on one charge'. Batteries are limited in this and the time-to-use on a full charge is decreasing with increasing functionality. When the user is making the transition to fuel-cells, he/she has to be willing to change their behaviour from grid-connected to cartridge-based charging. This paper investigates the willingness of the consumer to change to a cartridge-based electronic device. To test the willingness of the consumer, the conjoint analysis is used and the results show that the user finds volume the most important property influencing his/her buying behaviour. This research also shows the value and limitations of the conjoint analysis as a tool to evaluate new technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Design Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjoint analysis
  • Consumer acceptance
  • Fuel cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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