Category: Research

IAERE – Turin

IAERE – Turin

In the past days I took part in the annual conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), which was organized by the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Turin. This is a conference that I always attend: since its first edition in Ferrara in 2013, I basically missed only the 2017 edition in Rome… but only because I was in the United States! As I anticipated in the last but one post of…

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System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Deliverable 1.1

System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Deliverable 1.1

The improvement of the modeling of system integration, storage, and grid in the WITCH model has been the main topic of the first year of the MERCURY project. The part regarding the system integration was developed in the first half of the year and was discussed in the seminar that I gave at FEEM in June. Storage and grid, instead, were developed in the second half of the year and were described in the final talk that I held at…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Finally I can provide some updates on the core research activities that I carried out in the last couple of months. After the seminar that I gave in late November at UC Berkeley, apart from fixing some details about the system integration modeling in WITCH that were raised during the talk, I resumed the work about the exploration of pathways of solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models, that I had already described in many previous posts. After the analysis…

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FEEM internal seminar – II

FEEM internal seminar – II

Yesterday I took part in the first WITCH modeling meeting of my “new life” back to FEEM. As planned in my proposal, I gave a talk describing the activities that I carried out during my year at the University of California, Berkeley. My presentation was complemented by a talk by Simone, one of the two Master guys that I supervised in their dissertation in the past months and that has just started a three-month internship at FEEM. As predictable, my…

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PRIMA

PRIMA

Last week I eventually started working at FEEM: back to the real life, basically 🙂 In addition to the usual everyday work, yesterday I had the chance to attend an event organized here at FEEM dedicated to the presentation of the PRIMA project. PRIMA stands for Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area and is a research initiative, partly founded by the European Commission under the H2020 program, and partly by countries of the Mediterranean area, whose objective,…

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MCAA and EURAXESS – Washington, DC

MCAA and EURAXESS – Washington, DC

In late October I wrote a post about the creation of the North American chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) – you can see our logo above – mentioning that the official inauguration would take place in Washington, DC at the beginning of December. I was not sure if I could take part in it, but eventually I found time – and money, thanks to the appreciated support of MCAA, which covered part of the expenses 🙂 –…

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Final seminar at UC Berkeley

Final seminar at UC Berkeley

As anticipated in the last Research post, yesterday I gave my final seminar at RAEL, in which I provided my colleagues with an overview of the work that I carried out during my American year. Gosh! Eight and a half months have passed since I held my introductory seminar: it seems yesterday, but it was March 15! By the way, I would have liked to have a bit more time to finalize some activities, but this was the last RAEL…

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WITCH-SWITCH scenarios

WITCH-SWITCH scenarios

As discussed in the last Research post, in the past weeks Marco, Simone, and I focused on the WITCH runs aimed at carrying out a comparison with the SWITCH scenarios for China. I remind that the objective of these runs is twofold: empirically validate the new modeling of grid and storage in WITCH, checking its results against those obtained with a more detailed energy model; build the scenario portfolio for the dynamics of decarbonization activity (last spring I had already…

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Marie Curie Alumni Association – North American Chapter

Marie Curie Alumni Association – North American Chapter

In April I wrote a post about my meeting with another Marie Curie Fellow here at UC Berkeley, Johannes Schoeneberg. As you can read there, I managed to get in touch with him thanks to Catarina Ferreira, another former Marie Curie Fellow who was promoting the creation of the North American Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). As the name clearly suggests, this is the association of the past and present Marie Curie fellows. The proposal for the…

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Grid in WITCH completed – Conclusion of the modeling work

Grid in WITCH completed – Conclusion of the modeling work

As anticipated in the post about the completion of storage modeling, the past weeks have been dedicated to the development of a new modeling scheme for the electricity grid in WITCH. Grid is already explicitly modeled in WITCH, but the formulation is quite simplified. It is substantially based on two equations: one aggregated equation linking the grid stock to the power capacity and VRE penetration, and one capital equation which allows calculating depreciation and investments. First of all, the new…

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