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Survey of Photovoltaic Industry and Policy in Germany and China

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Thilo Grau, Molin Huo, Karsten Neuhoff

In: Energy Policy 51 (2012), S. 20-37


Photovoltaic (PV) technologies have demonstrated significant price reductions, but large-scale global application of PV requires further technology improvements and cost reductions along the value chain. We survey policies in Germany and China and the industrial actors they can encourage to pursue innovation, including deployment support, investment support for manufacturing plants and R&D support measures. While deployment support has been successful, investment support for manufacturing in these nations has not been sufficiently tied to innovation incentives, and R&D support has been comparatively weak. The paper concludes with a discussion of the opportunities for global policy coordination.

Karsten Neuhoff

Head of Department in the Climate Policy Department

Keywords: Photovoltaic, Technology policy, Innovation