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Local innovation impulses for transforming the energy system

The transition of the energy system is one of the biggest challenges our society is facing today. The research project “LITRES – local innovation impulses for transforming the energy system” focuses on analyzing developments within the realm of governance, serving as the basis for innovations on the way to a transformed energy system. We argue that specific local structures emerge from within the energy system by challenging well established players and thus setting up diverse innovational impulses. The research project’s goal thus is to analyze and understand structural and organizational patterns of situational governance, evolving from all involved parties’ actions on a local level. The researchers are looking at four different innovational impulses: citizens’ wind farms, energy supply contracting, micro cogeneration, and smart energy systems. Each one is represented and examined in two case studies.

Within the project, ZIRIUS is mainly concerned with stakeholder involvement, with the analyses of different business models, as well as with identifying measures that are successful in stabilizing diverse innovational impulses. In a series of workshops we will get together with a row of stakeholders in order to gain direct, practice-oriented feedback. We will also discuss, refine, and advance measures that are identified in a first analysis of the four innovational impulses, with experts and stakeholders applying the group delphi method.

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Project partners:
  • University of Stuttgart, Department of Social Sciences, Sociology of Organisations and Innovation (SOWI VI)
  • University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Research Center on Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS)
  • University of Stuttgart, Institute for Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER)
  • Technical University Darmstadt, Spatial and Infrastructure Planning (IWAR)
  • Westfälische Wilhelms University, Department of Political Science, International Relations and Development Policy (WWU)
  • Becker Büttner Held Consulting AG (BBHC)

Project duration: April 2013 - March 2016
Project staff: Sonnberger, Marco, M.A.
Arnold, Annika, M.A.
Contact: Marco Sonnberger, M. A.
Annika Arnold, M. A.

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