For successful replication of local energy systems that can make a real, material contribution to national ambitions, it is essential to understand the potential for their scalability, as well as the possible constraints that may exist. This could include, for example, absolute limits in physical resources, or non-linearities in effects, as scale is increased. There will also be potential trade-offs or spill-overs between effects and along supply chains that could impact scale-up. As well as variations in effects of geography limiting installation and constraining replication risks from a lack of skills in the sector to deliver the necessary changes in practice can exist.
The Supporting Scale-up theme is focussing on how experiences and application to date can help to ensure that scale up can be achieved wherever possible. This covers scale-up in terms of growth of a project, replication elsewhere, accumulation (where experiments are linked to other initiatives) and transformation (where an experiment leads to change in institutions or policies).
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