DEMAND Seminar: Sanneke Kloppenburg

kloppenburg-poster-300x225Sanneke Kloppenburg is a visting researcher at the DEMAND centre from Wageningen University, Netherlands. She currently works on a NWO-funded project:Emerging Energy Practices in the Smart Grid.

In this seminar Sanneke presented an introduction to this research project and some preliminary findings from their work on community energy storage as a distinct mode of storing energy. Their work looked at how new practices of storing energy emerge as sociotechnical systems develop.

The seminar raised plenty of questions about new ways of storing, managing, and using energy. Do technological developments in modes of storage really constitute significantly new sociotechnical systems and ways of consuming energy? Do new wasy of storage constitute new configurations of supply and demand, more or less flexible patterns of consumption, or new opportunities for saving or sharing energy?

 

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