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Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies

InNOSys: Integrated Sustainability Assessment and Optimisation of Energy Systems

In a consortium with partners in engineering and economics, ZIRIUS uses focus groups and conjoint analysis to examine the societal evaluation of key technologies in the transformation process of the energy transition through focus groups.

Project Funding

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Project Duration

January 2018 to December 2020

Achieving climate protection targets with acceptable financial impacts on citizens and the industry is a key aim of the transformation towards a sustainable energy system. Aspects of sustainability, such as resource requirements, societal acceptance of technologies and emissions resulting over the life cycle of technologies also require consideration in order to be able to successfully set the course.

The main aim of the project is therefore the creation of a new generic modelling and evaluation environment for energy scenarios. In these, technical and structural development paths of the energy system will be analysed, evaluated and improved using various economic, social and environmentally relevant model-based targets. This is done in a team together with the project partners German Aerospace CenterSociety for Economic Structural ResearchInstitute for Sustainable Technical Systems, University of FreiburgUniversity of PforzheimInstitute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The tasks of ZIRIUS are:

  • The examination of the societal assessment of individual technologies that are central in the scenarios with regard to acceptance and sustainability (method: focus group)
  • The analysis of societal assessment processes regarding different aspects of sustainability of technologies included in the scenarios (method: conjoint analysis)
  • The development of a framework for the systematic inclusion of socio-scientific (semi-qualitative) data in the results of the whole project. (Transfer of the results of qualitative social research in quantitative calculation models)

The InNOSys consortium combines the wide-ranging expertise of the project partners in relation to the current sustainability discussion, energy system modelling and optimisation, life cycle assessment, the analysis of macroeconomic effects of the transformation process as well as socio-scientific studies on participation and acceptance into an integrative concept of the sustainability assessment of energy scenarios for Germany

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