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RandD Investment in the Priority Technologies of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan




The present report estimates the current R&D investments in selected low-carbon energy technologies in the EU-27 funded by the Member States, through the 6th EU Research and Euratom Framework Programmes and by companies with headquarters registered in the EU. The technologies considered are those for which the EU's Strategic Energy Technology Plan proposes to launch European Industrial Initiatives or for which joint initiatives already exists: wind energy; photovoltaic and concentrating solar power; carbon dioxide capture and storage ; smart grids; hydrogen and fuel cells; transport biofuels; nuclear fission and fusion. A novel approach has been developed to estimate corporate R&D investments by technology, combining available data with other publicly available information and with expert judgment. With regard to public R&D investments, information from existing databases (Eurostat and the IEA) has been complemented and improved through the direct contact with Member States. On this basis and despite some associated uncertainties, the current R&D efforts in Europe dedicated to SET-Plan priority technologies are approached and policy-relevant conclusions are derived.

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  • Tobias Wiesenthal & Guillaume Leduc & Hans-Gunther Schwarz & Karel Haegeman, 2009. "RandD Investment in the Priority Technologies of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan," JRC Working Papers JRC52225, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc52225

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    1. Alexander Tuebke & Hector Hernandez Guevara, 2011. "Techno-economic analysis of key renewable energy technologies (PV, CSP and wind)," JRC Working Papers JRC66028, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    2. Ales Gnamus, 2011. "Capacities Map 2011 - Update on the R&D Investments in Three Selected Priority Technologies of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan: Wind, PV and CSP," JRC Working Papers JRC67437, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    3. Garry Gabison & Annarosa Pesole, 2014. "An Overview of Models of Distributed Innovation. Open Innovation, User Innovation, and Social Innovation," JRC Working Papers JRC93533, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
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    6. Wiesenthal, Tobias & Leduc, Guillaume & Haegeman, Karel & Schwarz, Hans-Günther, 2012. "Bottom-up estimation of industrial and public R&D investment by technology in support of policy-making: The case of selected low-carbon energy technologies," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 116-131.
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    Research and Development [R&D]; investment; energy; low-carbon energy; Strategic Energy Technology Plan; SET-Plan priority;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General


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