ENTRUST H2020 project commences
ENTRUST H2020 project, a new €3.48m project which aims to develop an in-depth understanding of energy-related human behaviour and practices commences today.
The project coordinated by Niall Dunphy, Director of the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit at UCC’s School of Engineering, will explore the relationship people have with energy in the context of socio-demographic factors such as gender, age and social status.
A novel aspect of the research is the integration of the social sciences with the scientific and engineering domains, as demonstrated by the important contribution from UCC's Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century to the project.
In addition to the UCC team, the partnership behind the project comprises six international partners: Liverpool John Moores University (UK); LGI Consulting (FR);Rete Europea dell'Innovazione (IT), Integrated Environmental Solutions (UK); Enerbyte Smart Energy Solutions (ES) and STAM (IT);
Central to the project is an in-depth engagement with five different communities across Europe, who will be invited to be co-designers of their own energy transition. The consortium brings a diverse array of expertise to bear in assisting and monitoring these communities as they work to transform their energy behaviours, generating innovative transitions and business approaches capable of being replicated elsewhere in Europe.
The ENTRUST project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework programme for research and innovation of the European Union. It is due to run until mid 2018, progress of the research can be tracked via twitter @entrusth2020 and through the project website http://www.entrust-h2020.eu