The project “Energy System Analysis Baden-Württemberg” (EnSys-BaWü) is conducted as part of the the “Stuttgart Research Initiative on Integrated Systems Analysis for Energy” (STRise) in cooperation with the institutes DLR, IER and ZSW. The project pursues pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the socio-technical energy transformation in Baden-Württemberg by focussing on the topic from an engineering, economic and socio-scientific perspective. While the project partners develop and model climate protection scenarios that also consider energy supply security and efficiency, ZIRIUS is responsible for carrying out analyses from a socio-scientific perspective. The complexity of the necessary transformation of the energy system extends to all areas – electricity, heat and mobility. A socio-scientific analysis must consider the fact that transformation processes will also impact the real lives of citizens. For this reason, the project deliberately goes beyond research into the acceptance of individual electricity mixes and focuses on overall conceptual energy futures. Thus, the project makes a significant contribution to dealing with living environments rather than abstract scenarios for the citizen. The empirical analysis of the socio-scientific sub-project will involve qualitative and quantitative data from focus groups with citizens to research preferences and reasoning structures.
The project will end with an expert-based Delphi workshop, which will address the results of the socio-scientific analysis and discuss their political relevance for the energy transformation.