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E.C. van der Waal, MSc

E.C. van der Waal, MSc
E-mail:
e.c.van.der.waal rug.nl

My PhD project is part of the MVI project ‘Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy. Aligning technological and societal innovations’ that is funded by NWO. Besides Groningen University, also the TU Twente, the Hanzehogeschool Groningen, and some private enterprises participate in this project. Within this project my role is to study the practices of the Dutch energy cooperatives, and evaluate these initiatives in terms of their actual and potential role in the transition towards a more sustainable energy system. As a result of the cooperation with Dr. Ten and Ecovat, smart grids and storage systems will be focused on in particular.  

Leading research questions are:

  • What kinds of technologies do these cooperatives choose? How does their involvement affect these technologies?
  • How are cooperatives related to surrounding structures and processes of the existing energy regimes?
  • What can be learned from contemporary Dutch innovative collectives in relation to the past and to collectives in other European settings?
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