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Participatory shaping of consumer-oriented innovations for smart grids

Brief description

As a consequence of the German energy transition („Energiewende“), private households are facing the challenge to change from passive energy consumers into active players of the future energy system. In this role they are supposed to use electricity sustainably and efficiently, to timely match their power demand with the actual power supply, and to feed self-generated electricity into the grid. A key component of this new role is the integration of private households into flexible smart grids which enables the balancing of supply, consumption and storage while being steered by factors such as price and demand. At the same time, political and economic actors, science and citizens need to commonly create requirements and solutions for crucial issues of the smart grid development, e.g. data protection, regulation, etc. Thus, project InnoSmart strives to contribute to generate smart grid solutions that are both socially acceptable and user friendly. The following objectives are in the focus of InnoSmart:

  • participatory elaboration of smart grid components by integrating users in innovation processes of power suppliers that are taking part in InnoSmart
  • initiating a stakeholder dialogue in order to define societal requirements for smart grids
  • creating options for business model innovations relying upon commonly created smart grid components

DIALOGIK contribution

DIALOGIK analyses the societal aspects of smart grids and is responsible for preparing, running, evaluating, and disseminating the stakeholder dialogues.

Project partners

  • Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW)
  • Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft und Technologiemanagement (IAT)
  • HEAG Südhessische Energie AG (HSE)
  • EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
  • MVV Energie AG