Flexble Electric Networks (FEN). DC-Socio-Economics. Niche Readiness and market diffusion of DC-technologies

Duration: 2020-2025


Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Madlener (RWTH)

Prof. Dr. phil. Eva-Maria Jakobs (RWTH)

Prof. Dr. Frank Lohrberg (RWTH)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Susanne Mütze-Niewöhner (RWTH)

Prof. Dr. Christa Reicher (RWTH)

Project Description

DC technologies have a high potential for energy system transformation. There are historical and technological reasons why it has not been sufficiently exploited by now. The field of DC technologies differs greatly in terms of the technological maturity of DC technologies (Technology Readiness Level, TRL) and thus their market readiness. However, the use of DC technologies varies not only in terms of technological maturity, but also depending on the socio-technical conditions of their embedding - the use and implementation, for example, vary greatly from country to country. So far, it is largely unclear what socio-economic conditions need to be in place not only to increase their maturity but also to support and accelerate their market diffusion. The overarching research question of the project is: Which DC technologies fit into which socio-spatial contexts because they are economically meaningful and socially embeddable, and which factors determine their emergence, their development in niches and their market diffusion towards far-reaching transformation processes?

Collaborators from the Chair of Society and Technology

Project Leader: Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

Research Assistant: Yannick Schöpper