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NRM goes to Cornell University

Image result for cornell universityAndrea Castelletti has been awarded a Mary Upson visiting professorship at Cornell University. Andrea will be working for the next two months with the group of Pat Reed reinforcing ongoing collaboration and planning the next steps of a so far highly productive and intense partnership. As part of the appointment, Andrea will deliver a seminar at the Ezra’s Round Table Systems Seminar Series on complex hydro-environmental systems control.  Federica will join Cornell as well at the beginning of August to start exploring the use of parallel evolutionary algorithm in jointly planning and operating multi-dam systems.


Giovanni Caprara firma storica e responsabile della redazione scientifica del Corriere della Sera ha dedicato un articolo alla frammentazione fluviale e al nostro progetto H2020 AMBER. L’articolo è apparso su Buone Notizie  il settimanale del Corriere della Sera in edicola il martedì che dà voce alle storie positive di impegno e solidarietà.  L’articolo si può leggere online QUI e  verrà tradotto per altre importanti testate internazionali tra cui Le Figaro ed El Pais. Ecco un estratto:

I bacini fluviali sono una risorsa preziosa in ogni continente, ma la molteplicità degli interventi umani non adeguatamente gestiti ha prodotto alterazioni dannose non solo ai corsi d’acqua ma anche agli ecosistemi  che rappresentano. Dunque, sono una fonte di seri problemi ambientali, invece che di vantaggi offerti dalla natura

SMARTH2O won the WssTP Digital Water Award 2018

Our EU FP7  project SmartH2O has been conferred the WssTP Digital Water Award 2018, awarded by the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform a platform consisting of 179 members and a network of more than 700 individuals from Industry, research, technology providers, policy makers and water users. The SmartH2O technology is a data-driven software platform that allows water or multi-utilities and smart meters producers to manage customer demand, optimize their operations, and foster customer engagement and has been demonstrated in Valencia, Spain, and Tegna, Switzerland. The award ceremony was held in Brussels on 13.06.2018, where Dr. Andrea Cominola (Politecnico di Milano) and Joan Carles Guardiola Herrero (Global Omnium water utility – Valencia) received the prize during the Water Innovation Europe 2018 conference hosted by WssTP.  More information HERE

Declining nuclear era and opportunities for hydropower: a new paper on JWRPM

Hydropower systems contribute to the welfare of a country by producing renewable and clean electricity and by generating revenue. Market liberalization and increasing share of new renewable energy sources, with associated increase in price volatility, are profoundly reshaping hydropower operations in many countries where these developments have already taken place. In this evolving context, some European countries are phasing out nuclear power plants and looking for alternatives to replace the lost production share. Hydropower is one of the candidates, particularly in water-abundant hydrological regions, where large storage hydropower systems contribute a big share of the production. Yet, shifting current revenue-oriented operations toward a production-maximizing strategy might come to the cost of a reduction in income for hydropower companies. In this paper, we specifically explore trade-off between maximizing hydropower electricity production and revenue in deregulated markets. Our results show that a production-driven operation might have strong consequences on the hydropower company income, suggesting that there is a low rate of substitution between the two objectives in the current energy market situation. More HERE