SILCI is a four year research project exploring disruptive low carbon innovations and how they spread through processes of social influence.

Low carbon innovations are an integral part of efforts to address climate change. Low carbon innovations imply changes to the ways we produce and use energy, move around, eat, use land, build our cities, integrate information technologies into our daily lives.

Conference paper & talk on disruptive low carbon innovation

Charlie Wilson gave a talk on disruptive low carbon innovation at the biennial Summer Study of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The talk was based on a longer conference paper examining the relevance of Christensen’s ideas on disruptive innovation for sustainable energy. The full paper is available here; slides from the talk […]

Workshop on disruptive low carbon innovations at ECEEE

Around 20 participants of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study gave up an hour of their time on a sunny afternoon by the sea to come and discuss disruptive low carbon innovations. The mini-workshop focused on ranking innovations by their potential disruptiveness and their potential impact on CO2 emissions. Participants […]

RethinkX report on rapid shift to self-driving electric vehicles

The RethinkX think tank in California┬áhas released a new report on the disruptive potential of self-driving electric vehicles. A rapid shift to mobility-as-a-service using fleets of autonomous vehicles available on demand could reduce emissions by a jaw-dropping 90% within the next 15 years … according to the ‘Rethinking Transportation‘ report.

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Car clubs & car sharing
Car clubs and car sharing are examples of disruptive low carbon innovations relating to mobility

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Smart & net zero energy homes
Smart homes or net zero energy homes are examples of disruptive low carbon innovations relating to housing

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Distributed generation-storage-demand response
Distributed systems that combine solar PV, on-site battery storage, and demand response to utility or prices signals are an example of a disruptive low carbon innovation relating to electricity supply

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Reuse networks & service economies for consumer goods
Reuse networks or service economies for consumer goods are examples of disruptive low carbon innovations relating to material wellbeing

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