Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy. Aligning social and technological innovation


What transformative role can community-based, local sustainable energy systems play in the transition towards a sustainable, inclusive society and how can local oriented energy innovations developed and implemented in such a way that they enable and enhance the transformative capacity? These questions are core in our research proposal that focuses on innovations that enhances citizens, grants them more influence in shaping their own energy use and supply as part of a sustainable society. This project is more than just a research endeavor. It also aims to deliver building blocks for a design of a sustainable, more community-based practice. We propose three sub-projects:
1. comparative and historical analysis of the dynamics of local energy cooperatives (Multi-Level Perspective analysis as niche developments and their potential to transform the energy regime)
2. analysis of energy innovations that support relative autonomy of local energy systems (script analysis and co-creation processes), focusing on two new storage technologies.
3. scenario study, based on insights from 1 and 2. Three future scenarios are developed and discussed with relevant stakeholders (from policy, research, civil society, energy cooperatives and current energy stakeholder (grid providers and green energy suppliers).
The outcomes include articulation of stakeholder engagements, opportunities and limitations, and a ? governance ? roadmap towards different types of sustainable energy systems.


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Main applicant

Dr. H.J. van der Windt

Affiliated with

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), Faculteitsbestuur FSE

Team members

Dr. B.P. Koirala MSc, E.C. van der Waal MSc, E.C. van der Waal MSc


01/09/2015 to 30/04/2019