• Client: EC - DG Research, Technology & Development
  • Implementation period: 2017 - 2019 (Ongoing)
  • Geographic coverage: European Union

What is the impact of EU R&D funding on RE technologies?

The EU has promoted the uptake of renewables for more than a decade now, both through enabling policies as well as through R&D funding. This study assesses the impact of EU R&D funding from the Framework Programmes (FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020) on the development of renewable energy technologies in Europe over the past twenty years. It looks at the impacts on the development of the technology sectors themselves, the related market and industrial developments, and economic growth generated. The eight renewable energy sectors that are assessed are: bioenergy (solid and gases), biofuels (liquid), geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar PV, solar thermal and wind energy.

The study consists of a quantitative assessment on a selection of indicators, as well as a qualitative assessment, based on a series of interviews, case studies, a questionnaire and stakeholder workshops. The project is led by Trinomics in collaboration with Ricardo, JIIP, Tractebel and Cambridge Econometrics.

The key objectives of the study are:

  • Identifying the impact of R&D support of the renewable energy sector in terms of market uptake and industry development.
  • Providing a better understanding of the contribution towards the different energy consumption sectors (electricity, heating & cooling, transport).
  • Informing sectorial specialists and the general public about the impacts of R&D funding as identified in the study.