Transition Patterns to Smart Energy System

Nieuws - 11 februari 2014

NWO honored the URSES project proposal Transition Patterns to Smart Energy System, a cooperation between DRIFT (EUR), the University Amsterdam (VU), and TU Delft led by Prof. Derk Loorbach (DRIFT).

The project focuses on exploring the possible opportunities and challenges for developing towards smart energy systems along the least disruptive transition pattern and developing ideas and suggestions for institutional designs and actor strategies in this regard. Special attention goes to examining, in close exchange with a variety of practitioners and consortium partner Alliander, how synergies and conflicts emerge when top-down and bottom-up innovations meet.

In the contribution of the TU Delft, a new Post-Doc under supervision of Daniel Scholten (section Economics of Technology, TPM faculty) investigates how developing smart grid technologies may reshape:

  • Operational roles and responsibilities (with special attention to distribution network operators)
  • Energy markets, actor interests, and business models for energy services
  • The governance arrangements required to incentivize a reliable operation of smart energy systems that meets socio-economic performance criteria

To this end a new ‘integral institutional design’ framework is utilized that integrates market design and system design perspectives.