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Reports Outline Energy Research Findings from Eindhoven University of Technology (Beyond Technical Smartness: Rethinking the Development and Implementation of Sociotechnical Smart Grids In India)

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2019 APR 12 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Daily News -- Investigators publish new report on Energy Research. According to news originating from Eindhoven, Netherlands, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, “How smart grids are understood and defined will influence the kinds of smart grids users will encounter in the future and their potential impacts. Practitioners and policymakers largely perceive smart grids as technological interventions.”

Financial support for this research came from Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Societally Responsible Innovation (MVI) programme.

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Eindhoven University of Technology, “However, a number of social, financial and governmental interventions can also make grids smart, i.e., more efficient, more responsive, more inclusive and more robust. Drawing on qualitative research done using elite interviews, site visits and document analysis of eight micro-grids in India, this paper provides concrete examples of what could be understood as social, financial and governmental smartness, and in doing so, broadens the knowledge on smart grids beyond the technical understanding. This paper argues that social, financial and governmental interventions are central to ‘smartness’, and that multifaceted and relational sociotechnical approaches will build cheaper, just, more democratic and sustainable smart grids. The paper observes that smart grids are not conceived as smart grids but rather develop incrementally. An incremental approach, rather than pushing a premeditated set of ideas and technologies, reduces adoption of non-contextual interventions as well as unnecessary investments in new technologies.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “The paper recommends that policymakers and practitioners should understand and develop smart grids as sociotechnical and incremental grids.”

For more information on this research see: Beyond Technical Smartness: Rethinking the Development and Implementation of Sociotechnical Smart Grids In India. Energy Research & Social Science, 2019;49():158-168. Energy Research & Social Science can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from A. Kumar, Eindhoven University of Technology, Sch Innovat Sci, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.


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