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Smart Grids for Smart Cities: Towards Zero Emissions

Find out how smart grids and big data can help citizens, companies and cities understand energy use and reduce carbon footprint.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Smart Grids for Smart Cities: Towards Zero Emissions

See how smart grids can help citizens, companies and cities cut emissions

This online course provides a technological and behavioural framework to help citizens, companies and cities to reduce their carbon footprint.

You’ll look at energy production models and use basic tools to integrate yourself into the energy production cycle. You’ll find out how smart grids work, at both a small and large scale. And you’ll collect big data from smart grids and analyse it to understand energy consumption.

Finally, you’ll look at how you can lobby public institutions, to boost energy innovation and sustainability, in both urban and rural environments.

What topics will you cover?

  • The power and energy transition impact in the world economy
  • How smart grids will enhance the era of information
  • What is a smart city and how can we make cities smarter
  • Smarts citizens: new forms of mobility and energy consumption and production
  • New business models for smart cities

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Interpret the new energy paradigm and reach a common knowledge to develop specific skills and strategies related to smart cities
  • Describe and understand a holistic perspective of energy related topics and other complex issues
  • Assess the complexity of energy systems and its transformation to a low carbon economy

Who is the course for?

This course will be of interest if you are:

  • a citizen with environmental concerns
  • an employee of a large company, who wants to raise the environmental awareness of your organisation
  • an employee of a medium or large city council, who wants to understand how data and smart grids can create more efficient and sustainable cities.

Who will you learn with?

Pep Salas Prat

Engineer and Ph.D. Member of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia. Independent consultant in energy policy and low carbon technologies. Lecturer at University of Barcelona.

Who developed the course?

InnoEnergy is the European company promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in sustainable energy.

Homuork designs e-learning experiences for companies and universities. From their headquarters in Barcelona, they foster social & digital transformation for clients worldwide.

SmartGrid.cat is a transdisciplinary group of energy experts promoting the public debate and dissemination around energy transition in Catalonia and worldwide.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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