The project "A holistic and Scalable Solution for research, innovation and Education in the energy Transition" aims at providing this solution through the creation of functional networks between companies in the energy sector, universities, training actors, energy and environmental authorities, policy-makers and more generally citizens sensitive to environmental issues and the quality of energy transition processes. It will provide services for sharing knowledge and skills needed to tackle the energy transition by supporting training, with a strong interdisciplinary component oriented at social sciences in an area with a technological vocation.
COMETS aims at filling the knowledge and participatory gaps around the low carbon energy system transition, to ensure citizens are at the center of the transformation and empower their creative potential. It will advance scientific knowledge on the motives, potential, objectives and barriers of socially innovative Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs) and their role in the energy transition. This will be achieved by quantifying the contribution of CAIs to the energy transition at national and European level. The information gathered by the project will help co-develop and test supportive tools together with CAI members, policy makers and the scientific community.
ECHOES - Energy Choices supporting the Energy union and the Set-plan - aims at unlocking the policy potential of an integrated social science perspective on energy behaviour. This includes socio-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political and gender issues that influence individual and collective energy choices as well as social acceptance of the energy transition in Europe. Hereby, ECHOES will foster the implementation of the SET (Strategic Energy Technologies)-Plan Actions and advance towards the Energy Transition, as well as the decarbonising of EU’s future energy system.
ENABLE.EU - Enabling the Energy Union - will provide a better understanding of the social, economic, cultural and governance aspects of energy choices in transportation, heating & cooling and electricity, and how these can differ from one country to another. In addition, it will identify the key bottlenecks that discourage energy transitions as well as the factors that motivate people to change.
ENERGISE - European Network for Research, good practice and innovation for sustainable energy - is an innovative pan-European research initiative to achieve a greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. It develops, tests and assesses options aimed at transforming the quality and quantity of energy use among households and communities across Europe.
“Energy Social sciences & Humanities Innovation Forum Targeting the SET-Plan” will contribute to a European Energy Union, that places societal needs centrally, by further developing Europe’s leadership in using and applying energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). It will start with scoping activities (i.e. accessible guides to SSH in EU policy; workshops on SSH priority themes; online policyworker and researcher databases). It will build on this work to implement: 4 working groups on SET-Plan themes; a policy fellowship scheme; an early-stage researcher programme; masterclasses; 4 online citizen debates and a pan-European conference.
The NEWCOMERS (New clean energy communities in a changing European energy system) project explores and evaluates a variety of different new clean energy communities. We assess the regulatory, institutional and social conditions which support the emergence and operation of these energy communities as well as their potential for diffusion at national and local levels.
SHAPE ENERGY - Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy - is a platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities (energy-SSH). It aims to develop Europe’s expertise in using and applying energy-SSH. The platform brings together those who ‘demand’ energy research – including businesses, policymakers, and NGOs, who can use it to develop practical initiatives – with those who ‘supply’ that research.
PV-Prosumers4Grid aims at increasing the market share and value of photovoltaics (PV) by enabling consumers to become PV prosumers. New management and business models to combine PV, storage, flexible demand and other technologies into a commercially viable product will be assessed, improved, implemented and evaluated. To achieve this, detailed guidelines for prosumers and system operators will be developed; as well as policy recommendations for national and European policy makers on how to achieve a suitable regulatory framework for prosumption. An online tool to help prosumers to get an economic assessment of PV projects will be created.
SMARTEES will (1) integrate theories and methodologies of social innovation and socio-economic simulation in a comprehensive, flexible framework; (2) develop a data collection and integrate it into five trans-European case clusters in the domains of consumer-driven regenerative energy production, energy efficiency in buildings, low-carbon regional transport and consumer empowerment; (3) create dynamic, multilevel agent-based models of successful innovation transfer; which will ultimately lead to (4) a policy sandbox which allows a realistic prospective analysis of existing and future policy and market incentive scenarios.
"Social Innovation in Energy Transitions" brings together diverse groups to make sense of how social innovation can bring about a more sustainable energy sector in Europe. Six ‘City Labs’ will help figure out how we can contribute to making social innovations accelerate the transition from the use of fossil fuels to more renewable energy sources. Expertise of all kinds comes together to co-create knowledge and solutions. SONNET also conducts research on social innovation in the energy transition; organises citizen surveys and hosts several regional, national, and European events to spread and co-create knowledge on social innovation and the energy transition.
The objective of the TRACER project is to support a number of coal-intensive regions in Europe to design (or re-design) their Research and Innovation (R&I) strategies and to exchange previous experiences in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system. Policy makers in its target regions (Lusatia Region - DE, West Macedonia - Greece, Wales - UK, Southeast BG, Jiu Valley & West Region – RO, Kolubara region - Serbia, Donetsk region - UKR, Upper Silesia – PL, North West Bohemia – CZ) will be assisted to develop, implement and review their R&I strategies by providing information, developing methodologies, expertise and advice.