We’re very happy to welcome you to this course on Smart Grids for Smart Cities, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed developing it!
So, what will you learn and who will you meet along this course?
We will get started this first week explaining where energy comes from in today’s world, how and where it is produced, and what the current global situation regarding fossil fuels is like. We’ll go into detail about the new paradigm established in November 2015 in the Paris Summit, and we will explore the current and future impact of the power and energy transition on the world’s economy.
In this second week, “Smart grids: the era of information”, we are going to introduce and illustrate smart grids as the fundamental tool and concept to enable a more efficient production and consumption of energy in the future. We will go over two very interesting case studies to help you gain understanding on the topic: the first one will be through an interview with Francesc Sureda, manager at Mas Roig, illustrating the possibilities of smart grids at a nano scale. The second one will be with Santi Martínez, CEO of the electrical company Estabanell Energia.
The third week will be devoted to Smart Cities. The main idea is that in the actual scheme, the growth of cities is either sustainable or not possible. We will start reviewing some cases and examples of cities that are developing integrated strategies to improve their energy generation and consumption, and we’ll show the potentials of big data treatment to better manage urban contexts, with industrial and social solutions and improvements made possible thanks to data-crossing.
Now that we understand what it takes to develop a Smart City, in this our fourth week we are going to focus on the citizens of these cities and how they can be empowered through data-access. We are going to analyze the possibilities of a new mobility scheme in cities, with the case of the cooperative SomMobilitat, and discover the figure of the Prosumer, the autonomous citizen able to produce and trade energy.
In the last week of the course we will finally address the financial framework of the energy transition. We will explore the necessary ecosystem – economical, political, legal and industrial – that best enables the transition to this information era and towards a more efficient energy production and consumption for households, companies and cities.
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Welcome and let’s get started! Prof. Pep Salas