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Community Energy Storage: A Case Study of Zwolle, the Netherlands

Bayazian, Aidin (2023) Community Energy Storage: A Case Study of Zwolle, the Netherlands.

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Abstract:As societies are facing challenges of the energy transition, community energy storage (CES) has emerged as a promising solution. This qualitative study explores the transformative potential of CES in Zwolle, the Netherlands, along with key elements of the transformative capacity framework, factors promoting the adoption of CES and the enablers for its successful implementation. Engaging with diverse stakeholders, including energy experts, researchers, and energy community members, this study reveals a multifaceted perspective on the complexities and opportunities within the energy transition landscape. In this study, CES is highlighted as a dynamic bridge between the current energy systems and sustainable community-oriented systems. Evidence from the literature suggest that co-production of knowledge through collaborations, stakeholder engagement, and supportive regulatory frameworks shape the transformative potential of CES. Additionally, collective vision and institutional support foster its further adoption. Factors that influence CES adoption include experimentations, resource accessibility, and reflexive regulations. Successful cases of CES experimentations indicate an amplifier effect, which is enabled through the availability of resources and supportive regulations. Surprisingly, stakeholder priorities were divergent, that necessitate tailored strategies for specific communities. The study creates theoretical insights into CES as an enabling solution towards the transition of energy systems in cities. Empirical findings enhance the understanding of the potential of CES, which can support policy makers, and practitioners, in advancing energy transition through integrated approaches that prioritize community engagement, regulatory adaptability, and collaborative knowledge production. Direction for further research include exploring stakeholder collaboration, regulatory frameworks, and the long-term economic and environmental impacts of CES.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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