Households as infrastructure junctions: energy systems integration at the user level

Charging electric car.
Charging electric car.

The main aim of this project is to better understand how energy consumers in households simultaneously handle different types of energy-related infrastructures such as electricity, heat and transport in demonstration projects of locally integrated energy solutions - how they e.g. adapt heat usage to requirements of electricity load management or integrate their use of electric vehicles with own electricity production and electricity storage.

We use qualitative social science methods to study which new practices of energy use emerge around these at times conflicting demands of integrated energy systems and which 'zones of friction' and 'zones of traction' exist between system requirements on the one hand and new user practices in households on the other. This shall contribute to staking out pathways towards a more sustainable and robust role of households in new energy system designs.


The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council
Project duration: January 2019 – December 2022