IEM Distinguished Lecturers Seminar: Climate Neutral and Smart cities: Towards the Energy Transition


Event details

Date 08.12.2023
Hour 13:1514:00
Speaker Prof. Carlo Alberto Nucci,
DEI (Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering), University of Bologna, Italy
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
The seminar will take place in ELA 2 and will be simultaneously broadcasted in Neuchâtel Campus (MC A1 272).

Coffee and cookies will be served at 13:00 before the seminar, in front of the two auditoriums. 

The role of smart cities in advancing climate neutrality is expected to significantly grow in the years ahead. While comprising merely 4% of the EU's land area, cities accommodate 75% of the EU population. Worldwide, urban areas contribute to over 70% of CO2 emissions and surpass 65% of total energy consumption. Cities serve as a testing ground for decarbonization strategies, encompassing energy, transportation, buildings, as well as industry and agriculture. Their concentrated infrastructure and usage offer substantial potential for intersectoral integration in the pursuit of a comprehensive smart grid paradigm. The EU Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart City seeks to merge climate neutrality with the implementation of the Smart City model, and this seminar outlines some key aspects of the Mission.

The increasing electrification of various sectors, driven by the expanding adoption of renewable energy sources, emphasizes the growing significance of the electricity system, particularly the smart grid, in this context. However, the utilization of renewable sources remains constrained, posing a challenge that requires significant and coordinated efforts, as elaborated in this discourse.

The concluding section of this seminar delves into Renewable Energy Communities (REC), as outlined in the RED II and IEM European directives. These communities, composed of citizens' associations, commercial entities, or companies, focus on generating and sharing electricity from renewable sources. They have the potential to make substantial contributions to energy transition in multiple countries and serve as the nucleus for smart districts capable of evolving into Positive Energy Districts. The presentation includes insights from the GECO-Green Energy Community project, accomplished active in the Pilastro and Roveri districts of Bologna, Italy. Implemented by a consortium including the Energy and Sustainable Development Agency (AESS), the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), and the University of Bologna (UniBo), the project sheds light on both the possibilities and challenges that still need to be addressed for the widespread adoption of renewable energy communities.

Carlo Alberto Nucci is a Full Professor and Head of the Power Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering “Guglielmo Marconi”, University of Bologna. Responsible of several research projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Research and by the Italian Science Foundation (C.N.R.), by European Commission and of several research contracts financed by Italian and foreign companies and universities regarding restoration processes after blackouts, lightning interaction with power distribution systems, lightning protection of wind turbines, EMC in power systems, management of distribution networks with high penetration of distributed resources and methods/devices for accomplishing fault location in distribution networks, Phasor Measurement Units, State Estimation of power distribution networks, Smart City and Energy Communities. Prof. Nucci is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), of which he is also an Honorary member, and of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, CSEE. He has received some best paper/technical international awards, including the CIGRE Technical Committee Award and the ICLP Golde Award. Member of the IEEE Fellow Committee for the years 2022 and 2023. Has served as panel chair of the 2022 Call for Exploratory Research Projects under the MIT Portugal Program. Prof. Nucci has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Electric Power Systems Research journal (Elsevier) from 2010 to 2021. He is presently serving as the Italian Representative in the Horizon Europe Mission “Climate-Neutral and Smart cities”. He is also serving as the Chair of the International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP and as co-chair of the International Conference on Power Systems Transients, IPST. Prof. Nucci is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Politehnica of Bucharest, a member of the Academy of Science of the Institute of Bologna and a member of the Istituto Lombardo - Science Academy of Milan. He is also distinguished invited Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing (2023-2026). Invited Keynote plenary speaker and lecturer at some 40 international conferences. Total number of citations (Scopus: 7372, H index: 43. Google Scholar: 12866, H index: 55) – November 2023.