Efficient, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy is critical to the health and wellbeing of all people. The continued decarbonization of the energy sector through the use of renewable energy sources provides both interesting opportunities for local energy systems and challenges for existing electricity networks. Mainland regions such as isolated villages, small cities, urban districts or rural areas often have issues with weak or non-existing grid connections. These areas are known as energy islands.
The goal of the European-funded H2020 project E-LAND is to provide a synergistic solution among the technological, societal and business challenges that the energy sector faces. The main concept is the E-LAND toolbox – a modular set of methodologies and ICT tools designed to optimize and control multi energy islands and isolated communities. The modular toolbox can be customized to meet local requirements and expanded to incorporate new tools as new challenges arise.
Europe is changing to a low carbon economy. While there is a substantial expansion of renewable energy generating capacity, we are witnessing increasing levels of opposition to individual projects. Understanding the roots and causes of this opposition is a major challenge for everyone involved in the renewable energy transition. MISTRAL aims to train a new generation of researchers who can evaluate the complexity of social acceptance issues facing the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure, and propose innovative solutions in a variety of research, government and business contexts. MISTRAL will provide a world-class training environment where young researchers can develop advanced research techniques and transferable skills.
Coal-fuelled power generation is the largest source of CO₂ emissions world-wide. While several countries have decided to phase out the use of coal, others remain committed to coal mining and burning. The COALSTAKE project systematically investigates the socio-political contestation surrounding coal mining and use in four countries: Australia, Canada, Japan and Germany. COALSTAKE generates insights into the interests and political strategies of key energy system stakeholders and explores the conditions under which a transition away from coal can be successful. The project is a collaborative effort by IWÖ-HSG and the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Toronto (Canada), and it is associated with the international research hub Coal Transitions.
Applying nudging techniques to promote fuel efficient car purchases
The project aims at developing effective low-invasive interventions (nudges) to motivate consumers to shift their preferences towards low carbon vehicles by combining theoretical knowledge with insights from practice. The project team will develop improved versions of existing nudges as well as new interventions. Implications for industry and policy will be derived on how to promote purchases of low carbon cars through low-invasive approaches.
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