MVI project ‘Smart Grids’

Project details

Project team members 
  • Dr. Andreas Ligtvoet
  • Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven
  • Dr. Geerten van de Kaa
  • Prof. dr. Paulien Herder
  • Prof. dr. Cees van Beers

Project duration:

January 1st 2013 – January 1st 2014

The aim of this research project is to study the influence of stakeholder networks and platform flexibility on the acceptance of IT platforms for socially responsible smart grids. 
With the arrival of new technologies, such as intermittent energy sources and e-vehicles, smart grids are becoming a practical reality on the distribution network level. To develop socially responsible smart grids at the lowest cost to society, we assume that common platforms are needed. Many platforms have been developed but it is difficult to predict which platform has the highest chance of achieving acceptance. We argue that by cooperating, firms can establish a broad network around their platform which will lead to broad societal support for their platform and in turn, will result in a higher installed base. Also, we propose that platforms should be developed according to the principles of value sensitive design and that they should be flexible to facilitate changes related to ethical and societal values surrounding the technology (such as privacy, reliability). We argue that this will increase acceptance and lead to a higher installed base. 
In this short term project, we will conduct an exploratory study of a specific smart grid technology; smart metering. We will perform multiple in depth longitudinal case studies of platform wars for smart metering. This will result in a better understanding of the importance of various network characteristics and various aspects of platform flexibility.

Valorisation panel 
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in the ‘Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren’ scheme.