Charlie Wilson joined colleagues from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Lisbon to present new research on rapidly transforming energy systems using small-sized, modular, distributed technologies scaled to user needs. The team also found time to analyse the potential impacts of climate change on a key Portuguese industry: wine making!
Charlie Wilson travelled to Portugal to present findings from the SILCI project at a conference on ‘Rapid and Deep Decarbonisation’ in Viseu, an old city of 250,000 inhabitants in the middle of the country. The conference was opened by the city mayor who presented a compelling vision of Viseu as a smart city of the […]
The Boston Consulting Group has examined whether car-sharing poses a disruptive threat to car manufacturers. They find that by 2021, over 35 million people worldwide will use shared vehicles for around 25 million hours of driving time. However, they don’t think there will be a big impact on new car sales as most sharers will […]
Potentially disruptive innovations in the home typically involve smart, digital, responsive technologies for managing energy. But structural renovations to make the home more efficient still offer the biggest potential energy savings. New research by the SILCI team explains why homeowners decide to undertake these renovations, with important implications for policymakers.
Since the cancellation of the Green Deal in 2015, the UK has lacked a national policy framework for boosting energy-efficient renovation rates in homes. By analysing data collected from large samples of would-be renovators, Charlie Wilson and Hazel Pettifor from the SILCI project team explain in a blog what needs to be done.
New research published in Energy Policy identifies local hotspots and coldspots of energy-efficiency activity in response to the same national policy framework. Led by Craig Morton at Leeds University with the support of Charlie Wilson from the SILCI project, the research also found strong evidence of social influence effects through which high levels of activity […]
New research by Charlie Wilson with colleagues from IIASA in Vienna is finding that small-scale energy technologies offer a wide range of potential benefits to users, and to the energy system as a whole. Charlie gave a talk summarising the findings so far during a visit to the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the […]
From October 2017, three new researchers have joined the SILCI team for the duration of their PhDs. Emma Cassar joins us from the Maltese government where she has been working jointly with the European Commission on climate change policy. Laurie Kerr has moved back to the UK from Holland where she has completed her Masters […]
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 […]
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 […]