Towards a Hybrid Model for the Diffusion of Innovation in Energy Communities

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Abstract

The need for comprehensive models to simulate the diffusion of innovations in communities or social systems has become eminent. Existing models such as the Diffusion of Innovation expound how ideas, products, or innovations gain acceptance and spread over time. Other analogous models, such as the Transtheoretical Model also claim that people do not change behaviours quickly and decisively. Instead, they change in a continuous and cyclical process of internal decision-making. Although these two models are used to address adoption, it may be observed that one addresses it from a behavioural point of view while the other from the characteristics of the innovation perspective. In this study, we propose and develop a hybrid model based on these two. We expect that a composite model with enhanced attributes can be deployed as a decision support tool to enhance the diffusion of innovations particularly within energy communities. The study sought to conduct a structural and contextual analysis of these models hoping to find reasonable grounds for merging them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological Innovation for Applied AI Systems - 12th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2021, Proceedings
EditorsLuis M. Camarinha-Matos, Pedro Ferreira, Guilherme Brito
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages175-188
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-78288-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-78287-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021
Event12th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2021 - Costa de Caparica and Online, Portugal
Duration: 7 Jul 20219 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer
Volume626
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X

Conference

Conference12th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2021
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityCosta de Caparica and Online
Period7/07/219/07/21

Keywords

  • Behaviour change
  • Diffusion of innovation model
  • Energy communities
  • Hybridization
  • Transtheoretical model

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