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What are the drivers and forces for companies within the energy sector to invest in renewable energy technologies
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Climate change and renewable energy technologies are internationally discussed topics. Recently the subject was discussed during the Paris climate conference, COP21. Which lead to the establishing of the first ever universal agreement, legally binding climate deal, which include 195 countries around the world. With the goal to decrease global warming by 1.5 degrees Celsius the need of new innovative technologies are increasing dramatically.


This thesis will examine the characteristics of renewable energy technology investment behavior by identifying drivers and forces for companies to invest in relatively new and less mature technologies, which are usually associated with high investment costs. Is it possible to financially justify investments in renewable energy technologies during the current market situation with historically low energy prices and with a production surplus? By examining the market and investments the aim is to identify and understand what drives companies to invest in renewable energy technologies and if it is profitable from a financial sustainable perspective.


The main results and derived conclusions are that RET investments behavior are influenced by several forces and drivers. The findings indicate that investments in RETs aren’t necessarily economical sustainable but rather that other objectives are of more importance than profitability in the short term. 

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Keyword [en]
Renewable energy technology investments, Levelized cost of electricity, Mature technologies
National Category
Energy Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189286OAI: diva2:945209
Subject / course
Economics of Innovation and Growth
Educational program
Master of Science - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
2016-05-25, Stockholm, 20:52 (English)
Available from: 2016-07-11 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-07-11Bibliographically approved

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