Over 30 papers presented in the fields of smart energy systems in cities and regions, with significant contributions from eseia members, from DIT, LNEG, TU Graz, to the Cyprus Institute, and Transylvania University of Brasov
Over 50 participants from 14 different EU and non-EU Countries took part to the 3rd eseia Conference at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, on 10-12 April 2018, to debate over future pathways for Europe´s transition to smart energy systems in cities and regions.
In the opening ceremony, Brian Norton, DIT Rector, defined eseia 2018 as “an important European meeting gathering together industry, universities and research laboratories concerned with achieving a coherent understanding of our fast-changing energy systems”. Over 30 papers were presented and highlighted challenges and solutions in smart energy systems in cities and region; sustainable and smart mobility; urban regeneration and sustainability; and bioresourcing for cities and regions. eseia experts lead the discussions in all the four tracks of the conference.
On the topic of “Smart Energy Systems in Cities & Regions”, Cihan Gercek, and Angèle Reinders, from the University of Twente, presented the paper on “Balancing Smart Appliances with Renewable Energy Sources in Power Matching City”. Experts from DIT´s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering focused instead on the “Energy Efficient Community based Microgrid (C-µGrid) through Demand Side Management” and on the “Techno-economic Analysis of Community based µGrid (C-µGrid) Systems”. Ziqian Zhang and Lothar Fickert from the Graz University of Technology highlighted instead the “Impacts of Load Shift on Grid from Electric Vehicles” in the broader topic of “Sustainable Smart Mobility”. In terms of “Urban Regeneration”, Macedon Moldovan, Ion Visa, and Anca Duta from the Transylvania University of Brasov, engaged the public on “Upgrading Building Envelopes Using Façade Integrated Solar Thermal Collectors”. The Cyprus institute highlighted the challenges posed by the transition from Nearly Zero Energy Buildings to Net Zero Energy Regions. Instead, experts from the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences focussed the attention of the public on the practical concept study of mass flow controlled district heating system. Finally, on the topic of “Bioresourcing for Cities and Regions” professionals of the National Laboratory on Energy and Geology (LNEG) discussed the role of brewery wastewater grown microalgae as a potential feedstock for biorefineries.
Dr Malabika Basu from DIT is in charge of leading the publication of conference proceedings in the Journal of Energy, Sustainability and Society. The publication is foreseen for the autumn of this year.
About the 3rd eseia Conference
The event “Smart Energy Systems in Cities and Regions” was part of the bi-annual European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) conference series convening top innovators from academia, business, and the public sector to discuss the transformation of the European energy and resource system.
About the Dublin Institute of Technology
The Dublin Institute of Technology, with its long-standing tradition of promoting innovation, is an eseia member since 2011 and actively participated to the activities of the alliance.