Energy suppliers and energy service providers have little information on the determinants of their customers' energy demand behavior, especially in households. A detailed analysis of these expectations and requirements of private energy consumers is the prerequisite for successful technology diffusion and for developing new business models. The subproject "Households" within the framework of the Virtual Institute Smart Energy (VISE) analyses private households' willingness to invest in smart technologies.
More specifically, the Wuppertal Institute studies the perceived needs and co-benefits of private households regarding smart home technologies. The goal is to explain intentions to adopt smart home devices. On the one hand, smart homes could raise efficiency potentials and reduce energy consumption. On the other hand, applications in the areas of health and security, for example, are increasingly being offered on the market. The study is carried out in three steps:
VISE is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary consortium, including researchers from the University of Münster, the University of Wuppertal, Forschungszentrum Jülich, ewi Energy Research & Scenarios, the University of Duisburg-Essen, and the Wuppertal Institute. The virtual institute is divided into four subprojects with different research focuses. VISE offers an umbrella to integrate the different projects, enabling a holistic perspective on the complex and highly interdependent energy system.