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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.

2,329 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

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

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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?

EIT InnoEnergy

EIT 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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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