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A new EU report on water-energy systems sponsored by European Commission DG-RTD

Energy and water systems are highly interdependent, yet seldom planned and managed together, overlooking synergies and combined risks. The developed soft linkage of models maps future hydro-climatic projections into future power system operation, and allows to quantify the vulnerability of the power system to changes in the hydrological system due to climate change.
Danube region, Iberian Peninsula, Alpine region and the Adda river basin (high-resolution) are analyzed in the study.
Results show that climate change and renewable energy penetration will have significant effects on the reliability and vulnerability of the energy system in the different regions also impacting energy prices.
The NRM group substantially contributed to the project providing projections of water temperature and streamflow with daily resolution at more than 350 specific locations.
Read more HERE.

Journal paper on water-energy demand management just published

The journal paper “Segmentation analysis of residential water-electricity demand for customised demand-side management programs”  has just been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

This collaborative work between the NRM group at Polimi and UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences and Center for Water-Energy Efficiency contributes a three-phase customer segmentation analysis of over 1000 residential accounts in the Los Angeles County to explore the heterogeneity of residential water-electricity demand profiles metered at hourly frequency, and provide insights for water-energy demand-side management. The work has been supported by the SmartH2O project.

You can download the paper here: FREE ACCESS until Dec 28, 2017!


Our researchers work together with researchers from ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, i.e. the Italian Environmental Agency) and Durham University to develop methods and protocols for monitoring large river systems from remote sensing. We use drones and traditional field techniques (e.g. GPS) to survey local river features (e.g. topography, sediment size, vegetation) and use these data as ground truth for their further detection and monitoring at large scale from the recent Sentinel satellites from Copernicus. Last week we successfully realised the first campaign of data acquisition.