Workshop A1)
Smoothening the energy transition: changing business models, roles and coalitions [morning session]

Hosted by TRAPESES (Transition Patterns to Smart Energy Systems)



Currently, there is  a slow, but increasing trend for more renewable energy in our energy supply system. Since these developments are in an early stage, it is far from clear how the energy transition will take shape. Demographic, economic and ecological developments lead to an increasing destabilisation of the incumbent centralized and fossil-fueled energy regime, thereby increasing structural and systemic uncertainties for all actors. For the medium term, stakeholders need to cope with uncertainties rather than being able to reduce them. Smart Energy Systems (SES) form a way of coping with uncertainty. The deployment of SES requires institutional and technological developments. In these developments, uncertainties are handled in an exploratory and evolutionary manner, putting mutual learning at center stage.

SES developments are at the core of the TRAPESES project. Taking a transition perspective, the project addresses: 1) the tensions, dynamics and challenges facing the incumbent regime, 2) the tensions, dynamics and synergies in and between niches and 3) their interaction patterns, institutional developments, and collective long-term challenges. We examine how synergies and conflicts emerge when top-down and bottom up innovations meet, while the development of SES is conceptualized as a desired and mediated social learning and co-creation process between regime and niche actors and technologies.


The 4th TRAPESES user committee meeting will be part of the 18th TU Delft Economics of Infrastructure conference with the theme Local energy communities: Hype or hope for stimulating sustainability? The goal of the TRAPESES workshop will be to enable a meaningful dialogue between user committee members and others interested in new and disappearing roles and business models for a smart and sustainable energy system and how such developments can be governed. Better insights in business models, roles and coalitions offer concrete pointers on how such an energy transition is taking shape. Insights from User Committee members who are working on a day to day basis on realising this transition will be central in the interactive workshop.  It is ensured that the workshop is accessible to a broader audience. Different future visions will be brought together, presented, and reflected upon. Insight in the changing roles, responsibilities and values in different areas of society (city, communities, and industry) will be discussed.


Detailed Program

10.30-10.35 Welcome and Introduction Prof. Derk Loorbach, director of DRIFT
10.35-10.55 Pitches by user committee members
(5 min each)

Guus Jansen, partner Energy Transition Group: new and dissapearing business models in the energy transition

Gerwin Verschuur, founder and director Thermo Bello: new roles and coalitions for community energy initiatives

Monique van Eijkelenburg, Senior Advisor Regulatory & Public Affairs, Dutch Assaciation for Sustainable Energy (NVDE): governing new and dissapearing roles, coalitions and business models in the energy transition

11.00-11.45 Workshop in world cafe format
(3x 15 min)

Discussion in three subgroups with the pitchers and TRAPESES researchers as tablehost:

  1. What is of value in a sustainable and smart energy system? Which current activities might lose their value?
  2. Which new roles are demanded for SES? Which roles, players, coalitions might fall apart / disappear?
  3. (how) can we govern the energy transition by focussing on new and disappearing business models and roles?
11.45-12.00 Plenary synthesis and concluding remarks




participants registration
 participants registration