Title: Innovation, networks and the paradigm of biofuels

Authors: Carolina Da Silveira Bueno; José Maria Ferreira Jardim Da Silveira; Antonio Marcio Buainain

Addresses: Center of Agricultural and Environmental Economics (NEA), Institute of Economics (IE), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil ' Center of Agricultural and Environmental Economics (NEA), Institute of Economics (IE), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil ' Center of Agricultural and Environmental Economics (NEA), Institute of Economics (IE), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Abstract: The production of renewable liquid biofuels has become a reality in a number of countries around the world, some of which focus on bioethanol, others on biodiesel. The motivation behind this text lies in the emergent character of technological platforms that arise from these traditional biofuel production platforms. The intensification of scientific collaboration, the greater complexity of areas surrounding collaboration and the elevated scientific content of patents related to biofuel and bioenergy are clearly detected when network methods are applied to knowledge products. The results suggest that it is possible to trace explanatory relationships between the institutional character of knowledge production and the innovations that are being produced in the field of bioenergy, as well as the consolidation of markets of technological inputs/services. The interrelationship between the traditional and innovative sectors clearly manifests in the dominance of the patenting process, determining the patterns of market concentration.

Keywords: bionergy; biofuels; scientific collaboration; networks; patents; technological innovation; chemical platforms; bioeconomy; market concentration; public institutions; scientometrics; entrepreneurship; sugarcane; corn.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2018.10010395

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2018 Vol.35 No.3, pp.452 - 484

Received: 24 Nov 2016
Accepted: 20 Jul 2017

Published online: 24 Oct 2018 *

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