Decentralized energy systems

Social aspects of energy production and use

The main aim of the course is to introduce students to the socio-political aspects of the decentralization of energy systems. The motivation behind these changes is not only due to technological developments or economic issues. The main driving force are wider social and political trends. Many energy supply projects that are being developed and implemented today assume an active role for consumers in energy production, who become ‘prosumers’, at the same time producing and consuming energy. The shift towards being involved in energy production and deciding for oneself whether it is based on renewable or traditional energy sources is due to the growing public awareness of human-induced climate change