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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

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.

Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.