The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has undertaken a study that shows a total investment of €3.3bn in European research and development (R&D) in low-carbon energy technologies in 2007.
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The JRC research showed that in 2007, €2.38bn was invested in R&D on non-nuclear energy, of which €1.66bn came from the private sector. Expenditure on nuclear energy technologies came to €940m and was almost equally split between fission and fusion research.
Hydrogen and fuel cells related research showed a significantly higher than average expenditure of €616m. Concentrated solar power had the lowest level of investment at €86m with countries that had high public R&D funds also accounting for the largest corporate R&D investments.
The report indicates that 99 per cent of the total national R&D budgets on priority technologies originate from