Case studies

A deeper investigation of CAIs will be achieved through a number of selected comparative and participatory case studies in six EU countries (Belgium, Estonia, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain). This will provide a crucial contextual background and robust knowledge of CAIs development.

What we are doing

COMETS is providing contextual background for engagement of CAIs through understanding the unique historical factors, incentive structures and key actors by investigating comparative and participatory case studies. The goals include identifying opportunities and empowering CAIs and their members to grow and further promote the clean energy transition by developing a long-term strategy based on scenario building and development of roadmaps. Ultimately, we are contributing to national strategies for supporting social innovation in the energy sector. Starting in January 2021, around 30 comparative case studies (5 for each selected country) and 6 participatory case studies (1 for each selected country) will be carried out. Different levels of engagement are planned to enable the co-production of knowledge in these case studies:

  • Comparative case studies: a group composed of representatives from five involved CAIs, national COMETS partners and other stakeholders will form “National Research Teams”. These teams will engage closely with the five CAIs by applying a methodology derived from the Consortium Benchmarking approach. The goal is to develop a joint understanding about the development of these CAIs (i.e. obstacles, enabling factors and mechanisms that led to the current situation).

  • Participatory case studies: CAI members will actively engage in the designing and the conducting of research activities. The goal is to identify the potential for intensifying and/or broadening activities in the future through the joint exploration of scenarios and roadmaps. In addition, to enhance the scenarios and roadmaps for CAIs, a few selected examples of particularly innovative CAIs (defined in COMETS as “frontier case studies”) from across the world will be explored.

UPDATE: On 14 January 2021, the first Kick-off meeting of one of the COMETS National Research Teams was held. It was organised and facilitated by our Belgian partner, VITO-Energyville. The National Research Teams in the other five countries are expected to start their activities in the following weeks and will go through the Comparative Case Studies phase till the end of March 2021.

Ultimate outcomes to be produced

  • Report on comparative case studies: COMETS will develop a summary report merging six national reports on comparative case studies.
  • Report on participatory case studies: COMETS will highlight an effective engagement strategy to be used for scenarios and roadmaps building.

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