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ASSET a holistic and scalable solution for research, innovation, and education in energy transition

ASSET´s goal is twofold: first, to create a sustainable and scalable ecosystem including all energy transition and education stakeholders( companies, universities and training actors, authorities and policy makers) to enable continuous bottom up creation of research, innovation and educational (RIE) services and capacity pooling; second, to deliver the framework and means for continuous collaborative definition of the knowledge-competencies-skills required for the energy transition and for continuous resource pooling to efficiently educate/train large numbers of people in diverse and interdisciplinary topics and carry out research and innovation activities.

TRACER- Transition in Coal intensive Regions

The overall objective of TRACER is to support a number of coal-intensive regions around Europe to design (or re-design) their Research and Innovation (R&I) strategies in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system. More specifically, nine (9) European regions are involved in this procedure, 7 of them in EU Members States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Romania, UK), and two (2) in countries outside the EU (Serbia, Ukraine), but with the same problems and considerations as the EU Member States ones.

SMARTEES – Social Innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

SMARTEES is a transdisciplinary research project which aims to support the energy transition and improve policy design by developing alternative and robust policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion and take local peculiarities into account. SMARTEES supports the energy transition by analysing and modelling five types of energy- and mobility-related social innovation. It builds locally-embedded policy scenarios that foster citizen inclusion, and develops a policy sandbox tool to evaluate the effects of policy interventions and social innovation

Energy-SHIFTS - Energy Social sciences & Humanities Innovation Forum Targeting the SET-Plan

Energy-SHIFTS will contribute to a European Energy Union that places societal needs centrally, by further developing Europe’s leadership in using and applying energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH). brings together 4 leading interdisciplinary research institutes with 3 highly respected policy, industry and communications organisations from across the energy-SSH field, to create an innovative and inclusive Forum

SocialRES - Fostering Socially Innovative and Inclusive Strategies for Empowering Citizens in the Renewable Energy Market of the future

Through research excellence and co-creation of knowledge with relevant stakeholders, SocialRES will develop socially innovative and inclusive strategies for the energy system of the future. SocialRES will supplement the existing fragmented data on social innovations with new understandings from businesses, end-users and stakeholders to provide a comprehensive evidence base for policy design. The project will employ innovative techniques such as a Peer to Peer (P2P) crowd-investing for renewable energy sources (RES) projects, P2P lending and P2P virtual RES energy aggregator platform

ECHOES - Energy CHOices supporting the Energy Union and the Set-Plan

The overarching objective of ECHOES is to unlock the policy potential of an integrated social science perspective on energy behaviour. This includes socio-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political, and gender issues that influence individual and collective energy choices as well as social acceptance of the energy transition in Europe. Hereby, ECHOES will foster the implementation of the SET (Strategic Energy Technologies)-Plan Actions and advance towards the Energy Transition, as well as the decarbonizing of EU’s future energy system

ENABLE.EU - Enabling the Energy Union

ENABLE.EU objectives are:
    To identify the key factors of energy choices in three areas: transport, heating and cooling, and electricity
    To better grasp the interactions between individual and collective energy choices and the regulatory, technological and investment prerequisites of the Energy Union transition pillar
    To look at the social acceptability of energy transitions using a participatory foresight and assessment process engaging key stakeholders and selected households
    To increase the knowledge of governance and social mobilisation practices that encourage collective energy choices in line with the Energy Union objectives
    To provide strategic policy recommendations to increase the social acceptability of energy transitions

ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy

ENERGISE recognises that cultural change is a key ingredient in successful energy transitions. Individual energy consumption is a function of who we are, where we come from, and the socio-cultural and material contexts in which we live. ENERGISE develops a Living Labs approach to directly observe existing energy cultures and social practices related to energy consumption in a real-world setting and to test both household and community-level initiatives to reduce energy consumption.

NEWCOMERS - New Clean Energy Communities in a Changing European Energy System

The NEWCOMERS project aims to investigate which regulatory, institutional and social conditions, at the national and local level, are favorable for the emergence and operation of new clean energy communities. Furthermore, NEWCOMERS will explore how these new clean energy communities meet their members’(i.e. citizens’ and consumers’) needs better than more traditional energy services business models and whether they have the potential to increase the affordability of energy, their members’ energy literacy and efficiency in the use of energy, as well as their members’ and society’s support for the clean energy transition.

PROSEU ¬- PROSumers for the Energy Union: mainstreaming active participation of citizens in the energy transition

It aims to enable the mainstreaming of the Renewable Energy (RE) prosumer phenomenon into the European Energy Union. The team will work together with RE prosumer initiatives (Living Labs), policymakers and other stakeholders from nine countries, following a quasi-experimental approach to learn how RE prosumer communities, start-ups and businesses are dealing with their own challenges. It will also determine what incentive structures will enable the mainstreaming of RE prosumerism, while safeguarding citizen participation, inclusiveness and transparency

SONNET- Social Innovation In Energy Transitions: Co-creating a rich understanding of the diversity, processes, contributions, success and future potentials of social innovation in the energy sector

SONNET aims to create an inter- and transdisciplinary understanding of the diversity and processes of social innovations in the energy sector (SIE). It assesses - critically and reflexively- the success, contributions and future potential of SIE towards sustainable energy transitions in Europe. SONNET investigates how, to what extent and under which enabling conditions diverse types of SIE may result in new breakthroughs or successfully help to overcome transition barriers; such as limited citizen engagement or slow adoption of new technologies