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An Organizational Scheme for Scaling Innovative Energy Projects. Smart Grids Case

Ihor Vakulenko1, Maksym Fritsak2, Pavlo Fisunenko3
1. Sumy State University (Ukraine)
2. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Germany)
3. Prydniprovs’ka State Academy of Civil Engineering (Ukraine)
149 - 164
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Vakulenko, I., Fritsak, M., Fisunenko, P. (2021). An Organizational Scheme for Scaling Innovative Energy Projects. Smart Grids Case. Marketing and Management of Innovations, 3, 149-164. http://doi.org/10.21272/mmi.2021.3-13


The transition to a carbon-neutral economy, which is now taking place in many countries, requires the use of profound transformations in energy, including the use of innovative technologies. Smart grids are the embodiment of innovative energy development. They involve the widespread use of modern advanced technologies in many areas, from energy production to designing a secure information system. Successful local projects need help to spread them globally. However, such assistance should not be limited to government intervention and administrative methods. A self-regulatory market mechanism is required to scale such projects. Some countries have a well-trodden path for innovation. However, the speed of innovation differs in each country. It depends on many unique conditions that exist in a country. There is hardly a one-size-fits-all way to spread innovation quickly that will be good for every country. However, there must be a mechanism where all stakeholders work organized to spread innovation, which accelerates this process. This article proposes an approach to developing a stakeholder interaction scheme to implement innovative projects in the energy sector based on the smart grid maturity model. To achieve this goal, the results of a comparative analysis of smart grids' comprehensive assessment systems were used, which allowed algorithmizing the processes of their creation, development, and maintenance as a basis for further scaling successful projects. The defined algorithm is a modification of the smart grid maturity model developed by IBM. In addition, a thorough analysis of scientific publications in the field of innovative projects in the energy sector is dedicated to introducing smart grids. The visualization of the proposed approach to streamlining the activities of stakeholders is based on the results of a study aimed at finding ways to overcome organizational and communication barriers between stakeholders, where the coding of the processes of smart grid projects.The scientific results presented in this article are an intermediate stage in the study of mechanisms to improve the efficiency of implementation and scaling of innovative energy-efficient projects, particularly the development of smart grids, based on the activation of latent drivers. Such drivers are organizational and communication tools

organizational scheme, energy, smart grids, stakeholders, maturity model

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