Maabjerg Energy Concept: A socio-technical feasibility study

Christian Dorninger, Ida Weber Jørgensen & Jacob Byskov Kristensen

Student thesis: Termpaper


The aim of the project is to develop an understanding of drivers and barriers in the development of Maabjerg Energy Concept (MEC). This is achieved through a socio-technical system analysis of the network around the company of MEC, and the related mechanisms. This analysis is highly relevant, since the company is currently facing some fundamental challenges in its attempt to implement its concept. We consider this problematic, since the concept could potentially deliver solutions to some of society’s biggest contemporary challenges, namely sustainable energy production and sustainable waste handling. Empirical material is, mainly, gathered through interviews with central actors in the field and analysed through the theoretical framework of Frank Geels’s socio-technical systems and Marian Chertow’s industrial symbiosis. The main finding of the analysis is that though MEC is indeed shows promise and though there is still optimism, the current political priorities, makes it virtually impossible to imagine investors running the risk of investment. And with investments being the biggest barrier, the immediate future of the concept does not look promising.

EducationsTekSam - Technological and Socio-Economic Planning, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date3 Jan 2013
SupervisorsJan Andersen & Ole Erik Hansen


  • socio-technical
  • second generation
  • symbiosis
  • bioenergy
  • bioethanol