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Jouni K. Juntunen

Domestication pathways of small-scale renewable energy technologies

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ABSTRACT
The sociology of consumption uses the domestication framework to examine adaptation processes in which technology becomes part of everyday life. This study applies the domestication framework to renewable decentralized energy technologies (DET). Drawing on interviews and Internet material from household and summer-cottage inhabitants using DETs in Finland, the study sheds light on how renewable energy technologies are adapted in local conditions. In such adaptation, multiple domestications are linked and lead to the increasing use of new technologies without a stable final point, a process which can be conceptualized as domestication pathways. Modularity, product multi-purposing, and convenient interoperability with other systems are key requirements to enhance the diffusion of renewable energy technologies.

Keywords: renewable energy resources, energy consumption, technology attitudes, residential areas

Juntunen, J.K. (2014), Domestication Pathways of Small-scale Renewable Energy Technologies, Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy 10(1): 1206-030.