OTB-Colloquium: Everyday home life with biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal panels: a UK and Netherlands comparison

29 mei 2017 11:30 - Locatie: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Room 01.West.620 - Door: Webredactie OTB

Microgeneration has become an important part of energy strategies, hailed as a way to lower carbon emissions (Burger et al. 2013, REN21 2016), decrease energy costs to householders by adding to the diversity of the energy supply (Staffell et al. 2015), and improve energy security (Connor et al. 2013).

Guest speaker: Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs (University of St. Andrews)

About the colloquium
Research has attempted to explore the uptake or acceptance of domestic microgeneration technology (Balcombe et al. 2011, Michelsen & Madlener 2016, Sopha et al. 2011), yet much of this scholarship focuses on the economic rationale for installation and does not adequately acknowledge the ways in which such technology intersects with daily domestic practices. We need to redress this oversight and ask not just about householder’s ‘motivations’ for saving energy or investing in renewables, but instead how these activities fit with more mundane routines and concerns (Shove and Walker 2014). This paper presents analysis of solicited and unsolicited accounts of domestic energy prosumption in the UK and the Netherlands. This situated and contextual approach demonstrates the complexity and messiness of energy demand (Shove et al., 2012), and shows how technical improvements cannot be understood in isolation from everyday domestic life (Ellsworth-Krebs et al. 2015). In this presentation Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs will draw attention to the wider reality within which domestic energy prosumption practices are performed and comment on the intersection between the ‘private’ energy prosumption which occurs within domestic settings and the wider ‘public’ imaginary of what energy is for.

About the speaker
Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs has an undergraduate degree and PhD in Sustainable Development, both from the University of St Andrews. Previously she worked as Research Facilitator for Transition University of St Andrews (October 2016 - February 2017) on developing a Living Labs programme that links research and teaching with practical sustainability activities in the local community. She was also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews, supporting research on prosumption and the smarter homes projects using online methods.

Time schedule
Lunch is included

12.30 – 12.35: Welcome

12.35 – 13.05: Presentation by Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

13.05 – 13.30: Discussion chaired by Henk Visscher

Please send an email to the OTB Secretary (secretariaat-OTB@tudelft.nl) before Wednesday May 24 if you want to participate in the colloquium.