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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Studying at Cambridge

Ralf Berhard

A systemic assessment of Solar PV in Brazil: Obstacles and Opportunities.


The  diffusion  of  a  technology  in  society  is  largely  determined  by  the  innovation system context in which it is embedded. To study the diffusion and systemic blockages for solar photovoltaic technology in Brazil, an analysis of the Technological Innovation System (TIS) was performed accordingly. The results indicate that the Brazilian TIS is currently stuck in the development phase and will need systemic policy efforts to drive a strong establishment of solar PV in the energy matrix. This research proposes a set of instruments that can guide the further policymaking  process  and  suggests  that  further  research  efforts  should move beyond the mere economics of solar installations.