Welcome to Transitioning to a low carbon future: the changing roles of households, utilities and buildings in the energy system


Transition to a low-carbon future calls for lowering energy demand and an increased use of intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar power. Buildings account for roughly 40% of all energy use (for heating-cooling) and have, therefore, a prominent role in this transition. The question is how? E.g. energy savings in buildings may be balanced by related energy systems’ initiatives; building technologies can be related to specific local infrastructures; and if buildings can be used to store energy they may be able to deliver flexibility services. Buildings can thus serve as distributed system generators, and improvements in building design can furthermore contribute substantially to energy savings. Realizing these potentials calls for technical and organizational innovations as well as a greater understanding of the residents’ social practices, i.e. for new knowledge of the changing relationships between energy providers and households and of the roles different buildings technologies can play in this.

The aim of the course is to introduce PhD students to analytical perspectives that address different facets of considering buildings as part of the energy system, e.g. regarding developments in building technologies, utility operation and changing business models, and the role of residential practices. The course provides insights into technical, organizational and practice theories. The idea is to encourage PhD students to engage with different analytical perspectives in an interdisciplinary fashion.

The course program includes dialogue lectures, PhD presentations, and dialogue sessions where students will receive feedback on their presentations and projects from all participants.

Organizer: Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, SBI kgh@sbi.aau.dk

Lecturers: Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, Per Heiselberg (civil), Susse Georg (Plan)

ECTS: 1,5

Time: 20-21 November 2019

Place: Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Frederikskaj 10, Building D, 3rd floor, room 3.160

City: 2450 Copenhagen

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 1 November 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.