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Incentives and algorithms for efficient, reliable and socially acceptable energy system integration (ERSAS)

Social Psychology

This project aims to study how to develop efficient, reliable, sustainable and socially acceptable (decentralised) energy system integration (ESI) from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will examine how to synergise infrastructure for gas, electricity and heat, and how to promote efficient use of such energy system by end users. In the psychological sub-project, we will examine the acceptability and effects of financial and social incentives that aim to encourage end-users to match energy demand to the local fluctuating supply of various renewable energy sources, as to increase the efficient use of the local energy grid. We will study the conditions under which different incentives are effective, as well why different incentives are (not) effective. Researchers from the Engineering and Technology Institute at the University of Groningen will examine how to synergise and couple infrastructure for gas, electricity and heat, and develop control algorithms that enhance the efficiency, stability and sustainability of such integrated energy systems. Together, we will study how effective incentives can be integrated in the algorithms aimed to control integrated energy systems. Also, we will study which factors affect the willingness of users to accept and use the proposed integrated system functionalities. The project is funded by

Main project

This project is part of project "Encouraging pro-environmental behaviour".

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
  • Stephanie Johnson-Zawadzki, Social Psychology
  • Thijs Bouman, Social Psychology
  • Linda Steg, Social Psychology
University of Groningen, outside of Behavioural and Socials Sciences
  • Jacquelien Scherpen, ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen
  • Laiz Souto, ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Enexis
  • Alliander
  • TNO

Education

Courses connected to this project
  • Master Environmental Psychology
Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • Factors promoting sustainable energy behaviour
  • Factors promoting sustainable energy behaviour

University's focus areas

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Society
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