KIC Sociale Innovatie 2020 | Credits: Alex Schröder

Energy transition as a socio-technical challenge (KIC)

Our energy supply is changing. Fossil fuels that we use for heat, electricity and transport are making way for renewable sources, and decentralised energy supply is increasing. Accelerating this energy transition contributes to a vital and liveable society in which economic growth, social justice and a clean environment ensure that people want to live and work in the Netherlands. This research programme focuses on Innovations in the built environment, mobility and energy systems in order to contribute to an energy transition.

  • Aim and objectives

    The aim of this research programme is to gain insight into possibilities and strategies for stimulating a sustainable built environment, an emission-free energy system and a sustainable mobility system. Innovations within these application domains directly affect citizens and relate to their individual interaction with the energy transition. The research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the social, societal and technical aspects of the energy transition.

  • Budget and duration

    The available budget is 6.5 million euros. The call was launched in December 2020.

  • Application domains

    • Built environment - Important themes for making the built environment more sustainable are the transition from natural gas to sustainable forms of heating and maintaining the balance between local demand patterns and forms of sustainable energy. Social-societal aspects play a decisive role in these processes for which there is a considerable need for the development and implementation of new ideas.
    • Sustainable mobility - The ambition in the area of mobility in the energy transition concerns not just emission-free fuels, but also the optimal use of capacity by applying and using ICT, large-scale traffic safety and as little particulate matter, noise and use of space as possible, as well as equally efficient mobility and comfortable conveyance. Accordingly, this ambition is not only related to large-scale infrastructure, but also to technologies and innovations that directly touch upon citizens’ experience of the energy transition and mobility. For this transition, attention should be paid to both the individual and the infrastructure, as well as the transition issues that connect both of these.
    • Emission-free energy systems - Several major issues play a role in the realisation of an emission-free energy system. These concern the costs for electricity and the development of specific applications; the introduction of a new energy infrastructure and the transition to sustainable production systems; sector coupling and integration of different infrastructures and production systems in the environment (ecological and spatial). In this context, it is important to gain insight into the relationship between these developments and related societal aspects. These insights can contribute to increasing support for making the energy system more sustainable.
  • Alignment with research agenda's

    The call falls under the KIA Energy Transition and Sustainability.