The Energy Transition Dynamics Group conducts problem-driven research about the transition to a completely carbon-neutral energy sector. The group's research focus reflects the Paris Agreement's commitment to the elimination of carbon emissions. Understanding how a transition to a carbon-neutral and fully renewable energy future can be brought about in a rapid and socially acceptable way is the key aim.
The transition entails many challenges, from fostering public participation and acceptance to building the necessary innovation systems and supply chains, from redesigning electricity infrastructure to changing market regulations. And finally, strategies are needed for the regions currently dependent on fossil fuel industries. The Energy Transition Dynamics Group investigates all stages of the transition. The group is conducting five third-party funded projects, mainly funded by the European Research Council and the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. In these projects, the group works to
improve understanding of how policies and stakeholder activities advance transitions (TRIPOD, TIPPING+).
analyse trade-offs and impacts of policy options, strategies, and instruments to bring about a transition to a completely carbon-neutral energy sector (TRIPOD, MUSTEC, OpenCSP, SENTINEL).
Performing both empirical and theoretical work, the researchers approach transition problems from new angles to broaden and deepen disciplinary perspectives. The group's research draws on theories and methods from several disciplines, including political science, economics, power system modelling, and transition studies. For each specific research question, the researchers adopt a distinct theoretical and methodological framework. Transdisciplinary and co-creative approaches are applied when possible. The team collaborates with European and international colleagues to broaden understanding of renewable energy policies and tap into relevant methodological expertise.