student profile: Ms Elizabeth Tomc Tomc


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Community Renewable Energy Networks: a holistic model to make them work in urban environments

Supervisors: Lynne CHESTER , Anthony VASSALLO

Thesis abstract:

Despite a ubiquitous interest in community energy, a review of the literature reveals a fragmented approach in which the technology elements that need to be considered for the effective existence of CREN are well understood but the social aspects have not yet been addressed to the same degree.   Thus, while technology is not the limiting factor it used to be and there are mechanisms that can be used to deal with the social requirements, the fragmentation remains a challenge.  This research focuses on crafting a holistic approach that brings it all together to foster successful implementations.  The aim of this thesis is to define an urban CREN, propose the different aspects that need to be considered for project success in a greenfield setting and suggest the reconceptualisation of CREN as an organisation to create a business model in which the technology and social aspects are approached in a transdisciplinary manner to achieve the effective creation and ongoing operation of such networks.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Tomc, M., Vassallo, A. (2016). The effect of individual and communal electricity generation, consumption and storage on urban community renewable energy networks (CREN): An Australian case study. International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, 11, 15-32. [More Information]
  • Tomc, M., Vassallo, A. (2015). Community Renewable Energy Networks in urban contexts: the need for a holistic approach. International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, 8, 31-42. [More Information]

2016

  • Tomc, M., Vassallo, A. (2016). The effect of individual and communal electricity generation, consumption and storage on urban community renewable energy networks (CREN): An Australian case study. International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, 11, 15-32. [More Information]

2015

  • Tomc, M., Vassallo, A. (2015). Community Renewable Energy Networks in urban contexts: the need for a holistic approach. International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, 8, 31-42. [More Information]

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