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Sustainable development in smart cites and smart islands for faster energy transition and democratization of public utilities

Moderator: Prof. Goran Krajačić

Smart islands and smart cites are becoming places with advanced technological solutions and complex integration of energy, water and environmental systems. Widespread use of the best available ICT solutions provides many opportunities to collect, analyse in interpret large amounts of data which further opens up space for use of many tools based on AI and machine learning. On the one hand the tools are used  for forecasting  and planning of systems development, their operation and maintenance while on the other they are supporting development of future markets, new services and most important the tools could speed up energy transition and democratization of production, distribution and storage systems for the many of public utilities. The panel will discuss current projects, applied solutions as well as future developments and barriers in application of  sustainable solutions in smart cites and smart islands.



Prof. Goran Krajačić
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Krajacic, Ph.D., (http://powerlab.fsb.hr/gkrajacic/) received Ph.D Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zagreb in 2012. Since 2004 he has been working as researcher at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. In 2007 he spent 6 months as a guest researcher in the Research Group on Energy and Sustainable Development, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal where he investigated application of small decentralized power generation and energy storages. From 2004 to 2007 he worked on the FP-6 project ADEG - “Advanced Decentralised Energy Generation Systems in Western Balkans”. The most of his work on the ADEG project was connected to development of H2RES computer program for energy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was involved in the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project STORIES – “Addressing barriers to storage technologies for increasing the penetration of intermittent energy sources”. He also helped preparation and implementation of the FP-6 project WEB-MOB, five IEE projects (GERONIMO, STORIES, SMART, BIOSIRE, FLICK THE SWITCH), two FP-7 projects JoRIEW and DISKNET and 4DH project coordinated by AAU. In 2011 he helped the team of Prof. Joško Deur in the successful preparation of HRZZ project ICT-aided integration of Electric Vehicles into the Energy Systems with a high share of Renewable Energy Sources. Since 2007 he has been working on the national scientific project: Smart Energy Storage for Sustainable Development of Energy Systems, financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Republic of Croatia. Results of his work have been published in 14 papers in CC/SCI database and have been cited more than 100 times. He reviews papers for Energy Policy and Applied Energy. He participates in teaching the courses Introduction to Energy Management and Energy Planning.
Sustainable development in smart cites and smart islands for faster energy transition and democratization of public utilities
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Smart islands and smart cites are becoming places with advanced technological solutions and complex integration of energy, water and environmental systems. Widespread use of the best available ICT solutions provides many opportunities to collect, analyse in interpret large amounts of data which further opens up space for use of many tools based on AI and machine learning. On the one hand the tools are used  for forecasting  and planning of systems development, their operation and maintenance while on the other they are supporting development of future markets, new services and most important the tools could speed up energy transition and democratization of production, distribution and storage systems for the many of public utilities. The panel will discuss current projects, applied solutions as well as future developments and barriers in application of  sustainable solutions in smart cites and smart islands.


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related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.

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