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New Data from University of Tasmania Illuminate Findings in Technology (The Precursors of Acceptance for a Prosumer-led Transition To a Future Smart Grid)

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2021 APR 15 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Engineering Daily News -- Researchers detail new data in Technology. According to news originating from Hobart, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Centralised electricity grids around the world are transitioning towards greater renewable distributed storage, and pivotal to transition is the relationship between prosumers and utilities. Evidence of this changing relationship is observed through a three-year (2016-2019) Australian smart grid pilot.”

Financial support for this research came from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Tasmania, “This study investigates the precursors of technology acceptance of smart batteries, because a lack of acceptance presents risks to implementation. We draw on: scholarly literature, government documents, interviews and observations of the pilot implementation for a qualitative, exploratory, longitudinal and thematic analysis. We outline four findings: Firstly, we suggest a reframing of the influence of agency in IoT-systems: The concept of ‘behaviour’ might be conditionally substituted for ‘agency’ in the case of smart grids. Secondly, we reconfirm prosumers require different agency-focused engagement than is currently offered if private investment in batteries is to be encouraged. Thirdly, prosumers do not always desire increased agency - there is a trade-off between agency and trust under the duress of high system complexity.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “Finally, we extend a variation of the technology acceptance model (known as RITAM) to include Perceived Trust, Agency and Complexity in relation to smart grids, and note these acceptance precursors pose both a risk and an enhancer to smart grid implementation.”

This research has been peer-reviewed.

For more information on this research see: The Precursors of Acceptance for a Prosumer-led Transition To a Future Smart Grid. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 2021. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management can be contacted at: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2-4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon OX14 4RN, Oxon, England.

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Veryan Patterson-Hann, University of Tasmania, School of Social Sciences, Hobart, Tas, Australia.

The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.


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