The Supporting Scale Up Theme will focus on how experiences and application to date can help to ensure that scale up can be achieved wherever possible. This will cover 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).
Through EnergyREVs interdisciplinarity as well as through its strong links to the wider PFER community, the consortium aims to become one of the most significant academic programmes, investigating local energy systems internationally.
For successful replication of local energy systems that can make a real, material contribution to national ambitions, it is essential to understand the potential constraints on scalability. Concerns include:
- potential for absolute limits in resources, or non-linearities in effects, as scale is increased;
- potential for trade-offs or spill-overs between different effects and along supply chains to reach critical levels;
- variations in effects by place of installation, constraining replication;
- a lack of skills in the sector to deliver the necessary changes in practice.