Dr. Rosaria Volpe

University of Catania, Italy


Talk Title
Smart distribution in urban areas: energy performance evaluation and correlations between distribution and emissions
Talk Abstract

TIt is widely acknowledged that urban areas are both the source and the solution of the major global energy consumption. As such, they are responsible for almost the 70% of the global CO2 emissions. Hence, it is easy to infer that strategic actions aiming at both enhancing the energy efficiency and reducing the emissions have to be targeted in relation to urban areas. Considering the high penetration of renewable-energy based production systems, the scientific community has focused on different research topics; ranging from the building scale to the neighbourhood or municipal scale, or rather on technological and operational aspects of energy production systems. The insertion in urban areas of renewable energy production systems has also determined the transition from a centralized fossil-fuelled to a distributed renewable energy-based supply, where final users are now actively involved in the distribution, shifting from passive consumers to active “prosumers”. Prosumers are able to satisfy their own demand, integrate storage systems and share the residual production within the neighbourhood. Properly, the exchanges of energy allow for the definition of a network of bi-directional energy flows. Thus, while it is unquestionable that energy networks have been widely studied from different perspectives, it is not equally true that configurations of the energy exchanges among prosumers have been modelled from the broader perspective of large urban areas and with respect to the topological features of the network. To this scope, this keynote talk aims at focusing attention on novel energy distribution models framed within the theory of complex networks and highlighting distribution patterns within typical urban forms. Besides, proper indicators for the evaluation of such distribution network will be discussed. Different scenarios will permit to infer conclusions on the performance of the network under different operating conditions (percentage of renewable production systems spread within the territory, distance between prosumers, energy consumption and production profiles of prosumers), thus trying also to set correlations between the energy distribution and the emissions’ reduction within urban areas.

Short Biography

Rosaria Volpe is a Research Fellow of the University of Catania, Department of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering. Her research interests include renewable energies, distributed energy systems, energy mapping, heat and mass transfer, computational fluid dynamics.

She has be put in charge of Honorary Fellowship in “Energy Management and Renewable Sources”, course at the Master’s Degree of Management Engineering and in “Thermal plants”, course at the Master’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering, both of the University of Catania. She has been awarded with the “Young Researcher Award Certificate of Merit 2017”. She took part in several conferences, seminars, workshops and summer schools. She was also recognized as part of the Scientific and Organizing Committees of international conferences. She authored publications in international journals and conference proceedings and is part of the Editorial Boards of international Journals (Energies, OA Journals; Journal of Physics-Scirea; Probe-Accounting, Auditing and Taxation). She has been a Guest Editor for the Proceedings of the 36th UIT Heat Transfer Conference. She is an active referee in several journals.

Talk Keywords
Energy distribution network; Prosumers; Distribution topologies; Urban areas; Energy efficiency; Emissions’ reduction.
Target Audience
Students, Post doctoral, Industry, Doctors and professors
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