'Replicating' smart grid experiments: a socio-technical analysis

Harald Rohracher (Speaker), Gudrun Haindlmaier, Klaus Kubeczko, Dick Magnusson

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The latest survey of smart grid pilot projects in the European Union includes 950 different cases (Gangale et al., 2017). A key question for the further transformation of the electricity grid is how to go beyond such experiments and pilot projects, how to aggregate and communicate experiences, how to draw lessons, how to scale up and disseminate the new findings and set-ups emerging around the digitalisation of the electricity grid. In our paper we will draw on results from an ongoing ERA-NET Smart Grid Plus project "Replicability Concept for Flexible Smart Grids", which studies smart grid pilot projects in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. We ask the question, whether or to which extent these experiments can contribute to the development of smart grids in other places, particularly through solutions which raise the flexibility of the local energy system in integrating volatile renewable energy sources. In this paper we suggest a scheme of analysis which is sensitive to the specific institutional, geographical and stakeholder contexts of the smart grid pilot projects on the one hand and the different contexts at the places where outcomes of the experiments are supposed to be taken up.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeynotes and presentation of the next conference - http://www.confercare.manchester.ac.uk/events/ist2018/
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference -
Duration: 11 Jun 201814 Jun 2018


Conference9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference

Research Field

  • Former Research Field - Innovation Systems and Policy


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