Who 'uses' smart grids? The evolving nature of user representations in layered infrastructures

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Silvast, Antti
dc.contributor.author Williams, Robin
dc.contributor.author Hyysalo, Sampsa
dc.contributor.author Rommetveit, Kjetil
dc.contributor.author Raab, Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-09T13:07:38Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-09T13:07:38Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10-17
dc.identifier.citation Silvast , A , Williams , R , Hyysalo , S , Rommetveit , K & Raab , C 2018 , ' Who 'uses' smart grids? The evolving nature of user representations in layered infrastructures ' Sustainability (Switzerland) , vol 10 , no. 10 , 3738 . DOI: 10.3390/su10103738 en
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/34639
dc.description | openaire: EC/H2020/732561/EU//CANDID
dc.description.abstract This article addresses the anticipated use and users of smart energy technologies and the contribution of these technologies to energy sustainability. It focuses on smart grids and smart energy meters. Qualitative accounts given by European technology developers and experts reveal how they understand the final use and social impacts of these technologies. The article analyzes these accounts and compares the UK's smart meter rollout with experiences from other European countries, especially Finland, to provide insights into the later adoption stages of smart energy and how its impacts have evolved. The analysis highlights significant differences in the likely intensity and manner of user engagement with smart grids and meters: depending first on whether we are considering existing technologies or smart technologies that are expected to mature sometime in the next decade, and second on whether the 'user' is the user of smart meters or the user of an entire layer of new energy services and applications. By deploying the strategic approach developed in the article, smart grid developers and experts can give more explicit attention to recognizing the descriptions of 'users' in smart-grid projects and to the feasibility of these expectations of 'use' in comparison to the possibilities and limits of energy services and applications in different country contexts. The examination of user representations can also point out the need for further technology and service development if some of the envisioned user profiles and user actions appear unrealistic for presently available technologies. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/732561/EU//CANDID
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability (Switzerland) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 10, issue 10 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.subject.other Geography, Planning and Development en
dc.subject.other Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment en
dc.subject.other Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law en
dc.subject.other 6132 Visual arts and design en
dc.title Who 'uses' smart grids? The evolving nature of user representations in layered infrastructures en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Durham University
dc.contributor.department University of Edinburgh
dc.contributor.department Department of Design
dc.contributor.department University of Bergen
dc.subject.keyword Expectations
dc.subject.keyword Infrastructure
dc.subject.keyword Science and Technology Studies
dc.subject.keyword Smart grid
dc.subject.keyword Smart meters
dc.subject.keyword Sociology of user representations
dc.subject.keyword Geography, Planning and Development
dc.subject.keyword Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
dc.subject.keyword Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
dc.subject.keyword 6132 Visual arts and design
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201811095680
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su10103738
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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