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Reference Number EP/F022832/1
Title Transition pathways to a low carbon economy
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Industry) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Transport) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 10%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen) 10%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 10%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 10%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 50%;
Principal Investigator Professor GP Hammond
No email address given
Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2008
End Date 30 April 2012
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £2,085,946
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South West
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor GP Hammond , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Prof S (Simon ) Watson , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Prof GA (Graham ) Ault , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr S (Stuart ) Galloway , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor D G Infield , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Prof M (Matthew ) Leach , Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey (0.001%)
Professor PJG (Peter ) Pearson , Architecture, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr TJ Foxon , School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor J (Jaquelin ) Burgess , Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (0.001%)
Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor N (Neil ) Strachan , UCL Energy Institute, University College London (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr MB Nye , University of East Anglia (0.000%)
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Abstract This Consortium aims to carry out the Mission agreed at the Sandpit, i.e. "To undertake socially and scientifically engaged research into innovative technologies, policies and practices leading towards a low carbon energy system", by addressing three Research Challenges: (a) to learn from past transitions to help explore future transitions and what might enable or avoid them; (b) to design and evaluate transition pathways towards alternative socio-technical energy systems and infrastructures for a low carbon future; and (c) to understand and where appropriate model the changing roles, influences and opportunities of large and small 'actors' in the dynamics of transitions.Whilst the consortium will develop widely applicable analysis frameworks, the project will focus on electricity-related futures and on the roles of actors, both large, e.g. multinational energy supply and distribution companies, national governments, major investors, and small, e.g. households, innovators and entrepreneurs. The research will contribute to the evolution of the necessary physical and institutional infrastructure changes that directly involve and affect the public, through engagement with new and incumbent stakeholders, and will promote innovation towards a future more sustainable energy system.The overall aim is to develop a set of potential transition pathways for the UK energy system to a low carbon future, and undertake whole systems assessments of the technical, economic, social and environmental feasibility, potential and acceptability of these pathways. These assessments will draw on a range of analytic and deliberative 'tools' and approaches, combining the 'story-telling' approach used in exploratory scenarios (e.g. by Shell) with critical technical and social assessments of what would be required to bring them about.We propose to interrogate the dynamics of transition pathways to to a low carbon economy by:* Developing a conceptualand analytical framework for exploring transition pathways, based on quantitative and qualitative methods, and encompassing engineering, economic, environmental, policy and behavioural sciences.* Identifying and exploring a limited set of transition pathways to a UK low carbon energy system focussing on the role of electricity supply and demand;* Undertaking detailed technical and social analysis of the feasibility and acceptability of these pathways, applying quantitative modelling and analysis of electricity systems and infrastructures, and qualitative assessment of the roles of industrial and consumer actors.* Bringing these together in a whole systems analysis, employing a 'toolkit' of techniques to explore and evaluate specific implications of these pathways to a highly electric, low carbon economy.Within an overall framework of electricity as the principal final energy vector within a low-carbon energy system, we will examine different potential transition pathways, involving different mixes of supply-side and demand-side technological and behavioural options. The project will identify and explore a limited set of potential transition pathways covering these options. The pathways will focus on three 15-year periods, which correspond to the 5 year carbon budgeting periods, proposed in the draft Climate Change Bill. These periods will be 2008-2022, 2023-2037 and 2038-2052. These pathways will be further developed and explored through discussions within the Consortium and with a range of stakeholders at invited workshops.There are three core research themes: (1) Transitions: from scenarios and history to pathways; (2) Technical and social analysis of supply-side, demand-side and infrastructure networks; and (3) Whole Systems Appraisal and Joint Working, Integration and Learning. They will be pursued in three stages: (1) Development of Frameworks and Outline Pathways; (2): Explore and Interrogate Pathways; (3): Complete Pathway Exploration; Produce, Test and Deliver Findings
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