Smart Solar Charging: sustainable energy at neighbourhood level

Smart Solar Charging is a sustainable energy system at the neighbourhood level. Locally generated solar energy is stored in (shared) cars using a smart and dynamic system (Vehicle2Grid). Our study is aimed at taking stock of the desirability of this service among users.


We are primarily interested in the best user experiences of the
Smart Solar Charging energy system.

The Smart Solar Charging system only works if the system
comprises at least one hundred (shared) cars, and is therefore a
possible contribution to solving the mobility problem in cities. But
what is the benefit for users of this system? In what way are their
lives affected and how do they react to these changes? Are users
apprehensive about the system and/or do they have certain desires
that are or are not being met? As alluded to above, these are
important questions that need to be investigated to ensure the
success of this new system.

Another aspect that needs to be studied is the experience or
perception of potential stakeholders. Research into the possible
answer to this question will be tackled during the developmental
phase of the service.


This is an ongoing study. We will provide a summary of the results
here, once the study has been finalised.

You can find more information about Smart Solar Charging on the
project website.


01 April 2017 - 01 April 2021


The Co-design research group at HU University of Applied Sciences
Utrecht conducts research into the optimal user interactions of
prospective services. The Design Innovation model, compiled by
Ideo, mentions three elements that form the basis for innovation.
While other participants are mainly engaged with the business and
technical aspects of the project, the Co-design research group is
primarily focused on the human experience, or the desirability of the
product or service. It should be said, however, that this is obviously
closely related to the two aforementioned aspects.

HU researchers involved in the research

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