The Emerging Energy Practices research project - 'E-practices' for short - encompasses two four-year PhD research positions and a post-doc position.

Structure of the project

Robin Smale occupies one of the PhD positions at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, supervised by Prof. Gert Spaargaren (Principle Investigator) and Dr. Bas van Vliet. Read more about the Wageningen PhD project here. Nick Verkade conducts his PhD project at Eindhoven University of Technology, supervised by Prof. Geert Verbong and Dr. Johanna Höffken. Read more about the Eindhoven PhD project here.

Sanneke Kloppenburg has taken up the post-doc position at Wageningen University. As post-doc researcher she will coordinate smart energy platform meetings that bring together key players in the mediation between energy provision and consumption.

For more information about the research group, have a look at the Wageningen team and the Eindhoven team.

The E-practices project incorporates several project partners from different areas of society: MilieuCentraal, Enexis, the DEMAND Centre, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Click here for more information about the project partners.

E-practices is funded by NWO under the URSES umbrella project. URSES stands for Uncertainty Reduction in Smart Energy Systems. Eleven research projects at various Dutch universities are funded under the URSES umbrella, some more technical and others more social. In the interest of transdisciplinarity and validation of the research, Shell and other parties are involved in URSES. 

Our research interests

The figure below highlights the interests of our research team in some detail.

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The overall objective of the research project is to improve our understanding of emerging and transforming domestic energy practices enabled by smart grid innovations, and the consequences for sustainable grid management and the relationship between utility providers, energy collectives and households in Europe. A more detailed description of the research questions and aims can be found in the Wageningen and Eindhoven project pages.

Infographic #1: introduction and problem statement. Design & Text by Robin Smale

Infographic #2: Inleiding en probleem beschrijving. Ontwerp en tekst door robin smale


What is the Smart Grid?

Coming soon.

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In this video (in Dutch) by Agenschap NL the idea of the smart grid is explained in more detail.

Main smart grid technologies

 Smart meters

Smart meters

 Home energy management systems

Home energy management systems

 smart Home appliances

smart Home appliances

 electric mobility

electric mobility

 smart energy storage

smart energy storage

 distributed renewable energy generation

distributed renewable energy generation