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Energy Technology R&D Funding. November, 2004. Key Energy Technology Investment Trends. General Trends

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november 2004

Energy Technology

R&D Funding

November, 2004

key energy technology investment trends
Key Energy Technology Investment Trends
  • General Trends
    • Overall funding in the U.S. for energy technology has declined from a high of around $6 billion in the early 1990s to around $5 billion. This is a 25 year low when viewed across a longer period of time stretching back into the mid 1980s.
    • While there appears to be a growing consensus in the governmental and academics committees that the U.S. is not currently investing enough in energy technologies to address future needs, funding has continued to decline
    • Public and private sector funding for energy technology is roughly split with public sector funding accounting for 56% of the effort and private sector funding accounting for 43%
  • Private Sector Funding
    • The private sector invests less than 1% of sales in energy R&D (estimates range from between .03 and .05 percent). This figure is well below other industries, particularly in the pharmaceutical and IT area
    • Funding for collaborative research organizations, such as EPRI, have declined particularly in the area of strategic, as opposed to applied, R&D
    • Private sector investments in energy efficiency and renewables have increased while investments in fossil fuels and nuclear have decreased
  • Public Sector Funding
    • Public sector energy research funding has declined 58 percent over a fifteen year period
    • Funding for fossil and nuclear energy research has declined while renewable energy has remained flat
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Private Sector R&D Investment

R&D as % of Net Sales by Industry

Percent

Drugs/Medicine

Prof./Science Industry

Comm. Equipment

Services

Transp. Equipment

Industrial Chemicals

Stone/Clay/Glass Products

Primary Metals

Energy

Source: Margolis and Kammen

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Government Energy R&D Budget

Government Energy R&D Budget

Billion 1995 US$

-58%

-20%

-65%

-6%

-89%

-53%

-32%

D = +129%

-12%

Note: Government energy R&D budgets for selected IEA countries showing the difference in spending D between 1980 and 1995. Data for France before 1990 are unavailable, and while we display 1990 and 1995 data for France, this comparison likely understates the decline in R&D funding in France.

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