ENP post doc researcher Sanneke Kloppenburg is spending a two-week period as a visiting researcher at Lancaster University’s DEMAND Centre in the United Kingdom. As part of the NWO-URSES project Emerging Energy Practices in the Smart Grid, she is conducting research on the role of end-users in domestic and community energy storage.
Energy storage is often identified as a key component of the future low-carbon electricity system, but the social aspects of adding small-scale storage capacity to smart grids are still unclear. Sanneke is conducting interviews with battery system developers, community energy groups, grid operators and other stakeholders to find out how adding storage challenges the existing distribution of tasks and responsibilities in smart energy systems. She also analyses how new energy practices may emerge around storage, such as charging, energy management, and the trading, monitoring and consuming of stored energy, and the ways in which end-users engage in these practices.
When Sanneke's two weeks of field work are up, Nick Verkade will continue it with another three weeks of research, who will in turn be relieved by Robin Smale for a final three weeks.