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The role of technology transfer for the development of a local wind component industry in Chile

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  • Pueyo, Ana
  • García, Rodrigo
  • Mendiluce, María
  • Morales, Darío
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    This paper contributes to the debate about climate change technology transfer by analysing barriers and enablers for a Chilean company starting up the production of wind blades. Literature on the role of technology transfer for the development and deployment of local renewable energy technologies in developing countries often refers to success stories in Brazil, India and China. Instead, this case study highlights the different challenges faced by smaller emerging economies. The paper argues that successful technology transfer in a smaller economy like Chile requires: a minimum internal demand and access to regional markets to attract foreign knowledge providers; a focus in the types of technologies where the recipient country or company have a competitive advantage; and active learning processes by the recipient company. Lessons are drawn for improving the design and implementation of technology-push and market-pull policies in small or medium emerging economies.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 7 (July)
    Pages: 4274-4283

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:39:y:2011:i:7:p:4274-4283

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    Keywords: Technology transfer Renewable energy Developing countries;

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