Key Info

Basic Information

2020 to 2022
Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

Research partner

    • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Madlener

    • Prof. Dr. phil. Eva-Maria Jakobs

    • Prof. Dr. Frank Lohrberg

    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Susanne Mütze-Niewöhner

    • Prof. Dr. Christa Reicher



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+49 241 80 25537



Flexible Electrical Networks (FEN). DC Socio-Economics. Niche readiness and market diffusion of DC technologies.

DC technologies have great potential for the energy transition. The fact that it has been insufficiently exploited so far has both historical and technological reasons. The field of DC technologies differs greatly in terms of the technology readiness level (TRL) of DC technologies and thus their market maturity. The use of DC technologies varies not only in terms of technological maturity, but also depending on the socio-technical conditions of their embedding - for example, the use and implementation differ strongly depending on the country. To date, it is largely unclear what socio-economic conditions must be in place not only to increase their maturity, but also to support and accelerate their market diffusion. The overarching research question of the project is: Which DC technologies fit into which socio-spatial contexts because they make economic sense and are socially embeddable, and which factors determine their emergence, their development in niches, and their market diffusion towards far-reaching transformation processes?

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