Industrial Research Chairs
Deutsche Post Chair of Optimization of Distribution Networks
Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN)
The Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN) is a new research institute at RWTH Aachen University, focusing on applied theoretical and empirical research in energy economics and management and policy, with a particular thematic focus on the adoption and diffusion of innovative technologies and on energy consumer needs and behavior.
FCN applies economic and management science theory to the sustainable production and use of energy. Research is undertaken both stand-alone and in collaboration with other social, engineering, and natural scientists. Explicit consideration of behavioral aspects and motives, and attitudes and needs of firms, private households and governments that shape their energy-using behavior is sought for.
A strong emphasis is put on the adoption and diffusion of innovative technologies for supporting a sustainable energy development. In contrast to 'pure' academic research, which is often found in mainstream economics (highly stylized, ahistorical), FCN's aim is to explicitly account for the technological basis and its change and, wherever possible, socio-economic aspects.