Category: Research

Climate participation – Scenarios completed

Climate participation – Scenarios completed

In the past days I completed the scenarios of the climate participation exercise according to the scheme that I described at the beginning of the month. I did not have time to develop a huge exercise, but I think that some interesting conclusions may be drawn from the runs. In the next couple of weeks of course I will enjoy the Christmas Holidays, but I will also have to find time to work a bit. In fact, I will have…

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Final seminar at FEEM

Final seminar at FEEM

Last Friday I gave the final seminar of my Marie Curie project here at FEEM. The presentation covered Work Package 2, which essentially is the core of the scenario assessment exercise characterizing the second year of the MERCURY project. The title of the presentation was “Future prospects of renewables, CCS, and nuclear in the EU and beyond: results from the MERCURY project”. The presentation essentially replicated the structure of Deliverable 2.1: an introduction to the project and to WP2, followed…

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AIEE – Milan

AIEE – Milan

In the past days I participated in the third annual Energy Symposium organized by AIEE, the Italian branch of IAEE, the International Association for Energy Economics. Indeed this conference did not require a long journey, as it was organized at the Bocconi University, here in Milan. By the way, this was the last conference of my MERCURY project, which will end on next January 15, 2019. Honestly, in terms of research, I did not find any outstanding presentations in the…

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Climate participation – Concept and scenarios

Climate participation – Concept and scenarios

As you read in the last post, in the past days I finally completed Work Package 2 and I could start the main activity of Work Package 3. I talk about “main activity” because, as you might remember, in 2017 I worked a bit on a side activity focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose paper I presented at the EAERE conference in Athens. In this last research task of my MERCURY project I would like to focus on…

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Nuclear paper and Deliverable 2.1 completed

Nuclear paper and Deliverable 2.1 completed

Finally in the past days I completed the paper regarding the nuclear task of WP2. Methodologically, the paper is similar to the CCS one: I tried to describe the different power generation futures related to the several scenarios explored, but above all I analyzed the relevant policy costs: differently from the CCS case, where the delayed deployment of CCS does have a considerable effect on policy costs, for nuclear I did not find major changes across scenarios. But I don’t…

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COBHAM – Milan

COBHAM – Milan

In the past days I participated in the workshop titled “Best practices for modeling human behaviour in IAMs”, where I remind that the acronym IAM stands for Integrated Assessment Model, i.e. the model family that comprises my WITCH model. The workshop was organized in the context of COBHAM, the ERC project coordinated by my Supervisor Massimo Tavoni. Behavior is a relevant aspect in Integrated Assessment Modeling, which has become topical in recent years. The research question is quite simple: IAMs…

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Seminar at the JRC

Seminar at the JRC

Last week I was invited to give a seminar at the JRC site in Petten, the Netherlands. As most of you surely know, the JRC is the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It features seven research institutes distributed across five sites in five different European countries (in addition to the headquarters in Brussels). Petten is the main site of the Institute for Energy and Transport (which also has some units in Ispra, here in Italy). My presentation was…

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Nuclear scenarios and graphs completed

Nuclear scenarios and graphs completed

Running the scenarios for the nuclear exercise did not take too much time: after all, as described in the relevant post, they were only five and setting up the modeling conditions did not require any special work . After the work on solar PV and CCS, I have also become fairly efficient in using the R language, that I adopt for producing graphs: the “initial cost” has been quite high, but the quality of the charts is surely worth the…

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Millennials Ambassadors Forum – Turin

Millennials Ambassadors Forum – Turin

Yesterday I participated in a workshop organized by the Millennials Ambassadors Forum (MAF) in Turin, Italy. MAF is a think-tank where the so-called Ambassadors, i.e. prominent personalities from the social, political, and economic world, provide mentorship to the new generations under the inspiration of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Naturally the event was not strictly related to the MERCURY project, but it was surely within my multi-dimensional training objectives, especially in the broader perspective of understanding the world…

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Nuclear scenarios

Nuclear scenarios

As anticipated in the last post concerning my research, in the last weeks I focused on conceiving the nuclear exercise. First of all, I carried out an extensive literature review concerning the present nuclear landscape and the prospects in the different countries. The nuclear scenario is rather polarized between OECD and non-OECD countries. The former feature the most numerous fleets, but most reactors are approaching the end of their operational life and governmental policies are in most cases against further…

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