Social Innovation and the Energy Transition

The Dutch energy sector has many solutions available for sustainability and the energy transition. However, these solutions are mainly technical, such as smart thermostats, heat pumps, energy storage in batteries and energy-efficient buildings. Research on the social and behavioural aspects of sustainability and energy is lagging behind, and tends to be conducted separately from technical research. Consequently, behavioural research sometimes reveals during a late stage of technical development that people do not accept a certain technology, or are unwilling to change their behaviour. These social factors can delay the energy transition and result in unnecessary expenses. There is a need for a multidisciplinary approach. The TU Delft Energy Initiative keeps this theme up to date in collaboration with Dr. Gerdien de Vries en Dr. Thomas Hoppe.