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Understanding lay-public perceptions of energy storage technologies: Results of a questionnaire conducted in the UK

Jones, Christopher, Gaede, James, Ganowski, Sara and Rowlands, Ian H. (2018) Understanding lay-public perceptions of energy storage technologies: Results of a questionnaire conducted in the UK In: 3rd Annual Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications (3rd CDT-ESA-AC), 11–12 Sep 2018, The University of Sheffield, UK.

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Abstract

power generators into national electricity networks. Public perceptions of emerging technologies are known to affect the likelihood of their commercial success; however, there is a paucity of research into the nature and antecedents of lay-public perceptions of grid-scale ESTs. We report on the findings of an online survey distributed to a diverse sample of the UK (N=1,044) designed to address this gap. The focus was on four grid-scale options (i.e. pumped hydro storage, compressed air energy storage, flywheels and lithium-ion batteries). Broadly, respondents were favourable to all technologies, although there was a preference for pumped hydro storage. Regression analysis revealed that intentions to support ESTs were positively predicted by attitudes, positive affect, perceived benefits, trust in developers, self-claimed awareness of ESTs and a belief that financial expenditure on the technology is warranted. Pro-ecological values were a negative predictor. Possible explanations for and implications of the findings are discussed

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Jones, Christopherc.r.jones@surrey.ac.uk
Gaede, James
Ganowski, Sara
Rowlands, Ian H.
Date : 1 November 2018
Funders : University of Surrey
DOI : 10.1016/j.egypro.2018.09.038
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Selection and peer-review under responsibility of the 3rd Annual Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications, 3rd CDT-ESA-AC.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Energy storage; Public perceptions; Attitudes; Acceptance
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Additional Information : Special issue: 3rd Annual Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications, 3rd CDT-ESA-AC, 11–12 September 2018, The University of Sheffield, UK
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2018 08:34
Last Modified : 09 Nov 2018 08:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849846

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