Ph.d.-forsvar: Integrating smart grid solutions within everyday life - A study of household practices in relation to electric vehicles and time-of-use pricing
A complete transition of the Danish energy system to renewable energy sources by 2050 raises the challenge of finding solutions for how to balance intermittent energy generation, from wind and solar renewables, with households’ electricity consumption. Smart grid demand management strategies are expected to meet these challenges.
Based on a qualitative case study of a huge demonstration project, Freja Friis in her PhD thesis explores Danish households’ experiences of integrating electric vehicles (EVs) and ‘static time-of-use pricing’ in their everyday lives. Using practice-based analytical approaches, the thesis investigates the interaction between smart grid technologies and householders’ everyday habits and routines, focusing on key energy-consuming domestic practices.
It is argued that future smart grid interventions for the decarbonisation of society need to recognise the dynamics of interwoven temporal systems of social practices, which require much greater understandings of everyday practice performances, and how they systemically interrelate and overlap, than currently held within policy, industry or the Academy.
Instead of reproducing the dominant techno-rational ‘smart’ paradigm, reframing the ‘smart’ utopia, a transitioning to a less energy-intensive society by e.g. increase flexibility demand must be based on in-depth understandings of the interplay between technological interventions and real-life conditions.
Attend the PhD defence
Freja Friis defends her PhD 15 September 2016 at The Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Auditoriet.
All interested are invited to attend the PhD defence. After wards, SBi will host the reception.