Acceptance of P2X technologies by young people

Knowledge of power generation, hydrogen as a storage medium and battery electric mobility (n = 510/1.036).
Knowledge of power generation, hydrogen as a storage medium and battery electric mobility (n = 510/1.036).

As part of the social science study “Invisible Kids” in the Copernicus Project P2X, the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), the WWF and DECHEMA examined the acceptance of P2X technologies among young people and adults in comparison.

In the Copernicus project P2X: The research, validation and implementation of “Power-to-X” will investigate how Power-to-X technologies can be brought to market and implemented. A large-scale implementation of P2X technologies, however, is only predicted for the next few years. Accordingly, today’s children and young people will be those who will be sustainably affected by the developments of the energy turnaround and in particular by the use of P2X technologies.

The aim of the research work was both to enter into a discourse with a group of actors – young people – that has so far been little represented in studies, and to ascertain their attitudes and perceptions towards a complex and innovative technology in the energy turnaround. In the explorative research design of the “Invisible Kids” study, the methods complemented each other to the extent that, firstly, the technical material was prepared for the young people (expert interviews, design thinking workshop). In the second step, the perception of young people was surveyed and compared with another age group (adults) (on-line survey).

Thirdly, the results of the on-line survey were discussed in depth with the young people in workshops (qualitative survey). Methodologically, the research work posed a challenge. The technically complex material had to be prepared in such a way that it could be grasped quickly by the young people.

The central element of the study was an on-line survey: For this purpose, an opinion research institute was commissioned to provide the necessary sample for the (one-off) survey from its existing pool. The field phase of the survey took place from February to March 2018. Of the 1,546 people surveyed, 1,036 were aged between 16 and 25. These are referred to as “youths” in the further version. Both age groups were surveyed with regard to cross-quotation of age and gender in a representative manner for the population (representative quota sample).

read more in H2-international January 2020

Julia Epp
Social Science Research Centre Berlin

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