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  1. 28 Apr 2024 Journal Article Sustainability

    Feasibility Assessment of a Small-Scale Agrivoltaics-Based Desalination Plant with Flywheel Energy Storage—Case Study: Namibia

    Abstract

    As climate change and population growth threaten rural communities, especially in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, rural electrification becomes crucial to addressing water and food security within the energy-water-food nexus. This study explores social innovation in microgrid projects, focusing on integrating micro-agrovoltaics (APV) with flywheel energy storage systems

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  2. Dec 2022 Journal Article Energy, Sustainability and Society

    Weaving an innovation network from the middle-out: the case of the renewable energy ecosystem

    Tali Zohar, Y Parag, O Ayalon
    Abstract

    Renewable energy (RE) systems are becoming a central component of the clean energy transition and are often seen as the way to combat climate change. Their establishment requires innovation, investments, and deployment policies for emerging technologies. Governments around the world are increasingly trying to create and support the energy-tech and climate-tech innovation

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  3. Feb 2021 Journal Article Energy Research & Social Science

    Of agency, action, and influence: The middle-out mechanism for promoting a low-carbon energy transition

    Tali Zohar, Y Parag, O Ayalon
    Abstract

    The middle-out perspective (MOP) is a relatively new analytical perspective that provides a unique lens to examine the impact of middle actors on action, inaction, change, and stagnation. This research explores the middle-out mechanism and is the first to intersect the various components of the MOP: directions of influence (upwards, downward, and sideways), modes of

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  4. Mar 2020 Journal Article Energy Research & Social Science

    Strategizing demand management from the middle out: Harnessing middle actors to reduce peak electricity consumption

    Tali Zohar, Y Parag, O Ayalon
    Abstract

    In a first of its kind, controlled field study, a middle-out strategy (MOS) was developed and applied in an aim to shave mid-week summer peak demand. The MOS focuses on middle actors as agents that can induce change from the middle-out, exerting influence via their networks in three directions: downstream (on end-users), upstream (on suppliers and regulators) and sideways

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