Capturing the societal value of smart energy systems


The proposed research project addresses the moral valuation of the development of smart energy systems. Smart energy systems comprise the ICT enabled low voltage electricity grids, the smart meters as ?gatekeepers? and the advanced technologies inside the homes that are able to monitor and control the use of energy. Smart energy systems are very instrumental to realize more sustainable energy supply and use. However, there are serious ethical concerns related to their use, concerning privacy, security, reliability, or affordability.

Our approach is multidisciplinary. For the identification of societal values we build on the capability approach, which allows us to go beyond individual preferences and interests. For the quantitative evaluation we use Agent Based Modeling (ABM) in order to explore and evaluate the consequences of possible value conflicts for the institutional and technical stability and reliability of possible energy systems. The capability approach thereby determines the degrees of freedom of the actors. This is an innovative approach in which the capability approach is formalized for the first time. For the development of organizational and innovative business models we build on institutional economics, which allows us to relate ethical values to institutional and technical arrangements.







Prof. dr. R.W. Künneke

Verbonden aan

Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management, Economie van Technologie en Innovatie


C. Milchram MSc, Ir. T.E. de Wildt


01/12/2015 tot 31/01/2020