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Webinar: Intelligent Energy Management – The smart cities unicorn

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Intelligent Energy Management – The smart cities unicorn

Webinar: Intelligent Energy Management – The smart cities unicorn

The webinar entitled “Intelligent Energy Management – The smart cities unicorn” is organised by EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 20 September 2017

 at 12:00 Abu Dhabi time / 10:00 Brussels time zone

The duration of the webinar is 60 minutes. 


The webinar will introduce the main concept of Smart Energy Cities and Intelligent Energy Management. Smart Energy Cities, as a core pillar of the smart cities, constitute an emerging urban development strategy, that incorporates Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and takes advantage of their numerous capabilities in the context of energy efficiency and sustainability.


Large amounts of energy consumption and production data are being generated and the energy systems are being digitised, with the increasing penetration of emerging ICTs and the revolution of Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, “chasing” these big data for intelligent energy management can contribute to the financial, environmental and social targets in a city level, and thus it can be considered as a modern day unicorn for smart cities. Harnessing the unicorn requires the efficient exploitation of the IoT and respective tools and methods.


Innovative user-friendly digital applications will be highlighted, in order to leverage data from smart meters into value for the buildings’ occupants, through actionable personalised information, recommendations and incentives for behavioural energy efficiency. Illustrative applications for the built environment will be also discussed, based on the results of the EU experience, such as the OPTIMUS European project, with perspectives for applicability in the GCC region.



*12:00  Dr Haris Doukas, Research Collaboration Specialist - EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network
*12:20: Discussion with Dr Vangelis Marinakis, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) and Dr Sgouris Sgouridis, Associate Professor, Masdar Institute
*12:40: Q&A with the virtual audience
*13:00: End of webinar


*Τhe timetable of the agenda is set according to Abu Dhabi time zone (UTC +4)



Please register at this link for the webinar access. 



Background EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network aims to catalyze partnerships between clean energy stakeholders, both in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Eropean Union (EU).
The Network is a source of information on clean energy topics, the inclusive platform for stakeholders to meet and debate and the bridge towards cooperation on clean energy, including policy and technology aspects, among various players across the EU and GCC countries.


Background of presenters


Dr Haris Doukas is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Dr. Doukas has a degree on Mechanical Engineering (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – AUTH, 2003), and a PhD on the decision support systems for the sustainable energy sector’s operation (NTUA, 2009). His areas of expertise include the development of models and decision support systems for energy and climate policy as well as energy management. In these fields, he has more than 80 scientific publications in international journals. Moreover, Dr. Doukas has more than 100 announcements in international conferences, chapters in books etc. Dr. Doukas has a working experience of 13 years as a project manager and senior expert in European and national energy and environmental policy and planning projects. Currently, Dr. Doukas is the research collaboration specialist of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, which aims to catalyze partnerships between clean energy stakeholders, both in the GCC and the EU.


Dr Vangelis Marinakis is associated with Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) and an Electrical and Computer Engineer of the National Technical University of Athens. He holds a PhD in the research domain of decision support systems for sustainable energy local/regional planning. His experience and knowledge cover the fields of energy and environmental / climate policy, design and development of related multiple-criteria decision support systems, promotion of energy efficiency / renewable energy technologies and modern financing mechanisms, energy management in buildings (ISO 50001, etc.), design and development of innovative systems and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for Smart Cities, elaboration of sustainable energy and climate action plans, and energy corporate responsibility of enterprises. He has more than 35 scientific publications in international journals and book chapters, as well as numerous announcements in national and international conferences. IEECP is a non-for-profit research organisation that brings together some of Europe’s leading interdisciplinary experts on climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy.


Dr Sgouris Sgouridis is an Associate Professor at Masdar Institute. His current research interests focus on sociotechnical systems modeling including sustainable transportation systems and sustainable energy systems management. Dr. Sgouridis is Principal Investigator researching ‘Commercial Aviation in a Carbon-Constrained Future’ at Masdar Institute and he is co-leading the development of the Sustainable Bioresource Projects. Prior to his role at Masdar Institute, Dr. Sgouridis worked at governmental and private organizations including the US Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of Thessaloniki and the Hellenic Army. He holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT (2007), an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT (2005), and an MS in Transportation from MIT (2005). Dr. Sgouridis received the Martin Fellowship for Sustainability (2004-2005) and an award for Excellence in Academic Performance from the Chambers of Engineers (1998 and 1999).


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