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Framing Microgrid Design from a Business and Information Systems Engineering Perspective : A Framework and Agenda for Research

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Sachs, Thomas ; Gründler, Anna ; Rusic, Milos ; Fridgen, Gilbert:
Framing Microgrid Design from a Business and Information Systems Engineering Perspective : A Framework and Agenda for Research.
In: Business & Information Systems Engineering. (2019) . - 26 S..
ISSN 1867-0202
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12599-018-00573-0

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Microgrids are decentralized distribution networks that integrate distributed energy resources and balance generation and loads locally. The introduction of microgrids can help overcome challenges of global energy systems. Despite this potential, in the information systems domain, research on microgrids has been limited. The paper on hand studies the design of microgrids for electric energy. Experts we interview state that technological microgrid solutions have been solidly developed; yet, lack of economic and business consideration is stalling their deployment.
We argue that research in business and information systems engineering can provide integrated perspectives bridging from technology to markets. Therefore, from an extensive interdisciplinary literature review, we derive a framework that structures microgrid design and may guide information systems researchers. The framework comprises four layers: energy technology and infrastructure, information and communication infrastructure, application systems, and governance. We evaluate the framework in interviews with 15 experts from industry and 3 from academia. The given feedback and examples allow us to iteratively refine the framework, instantiate it, and point out research directions on microgrids in business and information systems engineering.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Microgrid; Renewable energy sources; Framework; Literature review; Research agenda; Green IS; Energy informatics
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Energy Research and Energy Technology
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 08:58
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 08:14
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/45980