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R&D Investment in the Priority Technologies of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan

  • Authors: Tobias Wiesenthal, Guillaume Leduc, Hans-Günther Schwarz, Karel Haegeman
  • EUR Number: 23944 EN
  • Publication date: 10/2009


The present report estimates the current R&D investment in selected low-carbon energy technologies in the EU-27 funded by the Member States; funded by the European Union through the 6th EU Research and Euratom Framework Programmes; and funded 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 exist: wind energy; photovoltaics 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 expert judgment. With regard to public R&D investments, information from existing databases (Eurostat and the IEA) has been complemented and improved through direct contacts with Member States. On this basis and despite some associated uncertainties, the current R&D efforts in Europe dedicated to SETPlan priority technologies are approached and policy-relevant conclusions are derived.

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