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Research and Development Financing in the Renewable Energy Industry in Brazil

Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 208-218
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2014.02.0017
Muriel de Oliveira Gavira1,2
1 School of Applied Sciences, University of Campinas, Brazil
2 DepartmentFaculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

In the last decades, the Brazilian government has put many public policies in place in order to create a favourable environment to promote energy efficiency and clean energy. In this paper we discuss the use of research and development financing support by the clean energy industry in Brazil. To do so, we carried out an empirical research analysing secondary data from legislation, literature case studies, and public and industry reports in order to determine if the companies of the clean energy industry have public financial support to research and development. Our ongoing research shows that, despite incentives to stimulate the dissemination of clean energy, the participation of some of the clean energy is very small (especially solar). We believe that the contributions of this study will assist policy makers, and the whole industry, to improve clean energy research and development investments in Brazil.

Keywords: Clean energy, Public policy, Energy policy, Innovation, Sustainable development

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