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23 April 2018


5 weeks


Free // Upgrade: 74€


English and Spanish


Smart and efficient buildings and cities

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General description of the course

The MOOC “Smart grids for smart cities: towards zero emissions” will raise awareness among the audience, equipping you with the knowledge and tools needed to change your consumption habits and improve your own energy efficiency in your day-to-day lives as well as that of the organizations we belong to.

Drawing on interviews and concrete examples, the course illustrates the transition from the fossil fuels era to the information era, in which smart grids are the conceptual vehicle and the practical tool towards a more sustainable production and consumption model.

Strategic objectives

  • 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

Intended Learning Outcomes   

  • Students will adopt more sustainable and efficient energy consumption habits, driven to reduce their carbon footprint by more than 30%.
  • Students will be capable of understanding and assessing energy production models and will become energy prosumers using basic tools to integrate themselves into the energy production cycle.
  • Students will be capable of analysing and designing a functioning smart grid at a nano and micro scale, as well as understanding the complexities and identifying the malfunctions of larger-scale smart grids.
  • Students will have the skills to point the sources of data at a micro level to develop a big data collection plan and understand the information derived from this data to use in the strategy they will consequently implement.
  • Students will be better informed to lobby their public institutions to build a better framework to boost innovation and sustainability in both urban and rural environments.

Methodology and assessment         

The MOOC “Smart grids for smart cities: towards zero emissions” follows a case-based methodoly that combines theoretical content in the different dimensions and case studies to illustrate this content. This cases will be based upon interviews with professionals in each field treated along the course.

The assessment will be based on a case of a fictional city that the student will have to analyse and design a plan to improve, from a city council perspective, energy efficiency. The assessment will be peer reviewed. 


5 weeks of study with approximately 2-3 hours/week. Weeks 1, 2, 3  and 4 will be devoted to content consumption, the last one will be devoted to the final project the students must present to certificate the course.

Target audience

The course may be of interest to any particular citizen with environmental concerns, although it can also be of use for employees of large companies whose CSR department requires includes in their strategic goals raising environmental conscience.

The MOOC will also serve public employees of medium and large city councils to understand how data and smart grids are a fundamental element in developing more efficient and sustainable cities.


This course has no prerequisites.


A certificate of participation will be issued by InnoEnergy and the to participants who complete the course.

Participating institutions


Xavier Orri Badia