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Smart Grids for Smart Cities

Smart Grids for Smart Cities

Smart Grids for Smart Cities

Towards Zero Emissions


About this 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.

Is this course for you?

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.

How does the course boost your career?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • 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

Teaching methods and materials

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. 

Course Experts

Pep Salas

Engineer and Ph.D. Member of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia. Independent consultant in energy policy and low carbon technologies. Lecturer at University of Barcelona.



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