Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT
Osterfelder Straße 3
Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kabasci – project leader
Telephone: +49 (0) 208-8598-1164
Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Ehrenstein – project manager
Telephone: +49 (0) 208-8598-1156
Prof. Dr. Petra Schweizer-Ries – project leader
Telephone: +49 (0) 681 302 3180
Dipl.-Psych. Jan Hildebrand – project coordination
Telephone: +49 (0) 391 811 0153
The project addresses the image analysis and the active image creation of biogas plants.
The aim of this project is to analyse the acceptance of biogas plants in Germany. The results of the BMU- research project "Akzeptanz Erneuerbarer Energien und sozialwissenschaftliche Fragen" by the research group environmental psychology provide the basis of this research. In this national project different levels of acceptance concerning renewable energies and respective influencing factors were examined. All in all, the results show a high acceptance of biomass energy sources. Nevertheless there are a lot of opponents in the population. The current project shall analyse the acceptance problems of the biogas technology with respect to both the social aspects and the technological development of biogas plants. In this respect, the identification of both prejudiced rejection and a lack of knowledge by the residents as well as technological optimization potential of the plants have been considered to be essential. The results of the image analysis contribute to the development of measures relating to both technical aspects and communication.
Fraunhofer UMSICHT contributes to the collection of data on selected biogas projects by drawing out the technical issues of the questionnaire.. Data analysis will take place at two levels: the social science level and the technical level.
Fraunhofer UMSICHT holds primarily responsibility on the analysis of the technical aspects. Further on, applicable measures for conflict resolution, image conservation and accordingly image improvement shall be derived by developing adapted communication measures and progress in biogas technology.
University of Saarland
The research group environmental psychology (FG-UPSY) analyses the image of biogas plants as well as the associated conflict points and problem-solving capabilities within different relevant stakeholder groups, for example residents, operating companies and manufacturers. The analysis contains as one image factor the comparison between residents with personal experiences and those who are not affected by a biogas plant in their living environment. The main focus of the research is on the opinion-making process as well as on the processes of information and communication. Furthermore, different practice examples are comparatively examined and systematically analysed.
University of Saarland