Carlo Alberto Nucci

Smart Grids as enablers for Smart Cities

The smart grid is generally considered as the key enabler for the implementation of the concept of smart city. This invited keynote is aimed at illustrating the appropriateness of such a concept along with the necessary clarifications.
The keynote will first provide a brief survey of the power systems evolution in the last decades, from the traditional structure standing on centralized generation and control to supply customers through AC transmission networks and distribution feeders with unidirectional energy flow, to the new structure in which more renewable generation is deployed – also at the distribution level by prosumers – through DC/AC converters, thus making it necessary more ICT and intelligence than with the traditional structure, inherently more stable. The expected diffusion of electrical mobility, which represents a further challenge especially for distribution networks is another factor that calls for more smartness of the grid of the future: the smart grid. An example of a three co-simulation platform (traffic, communication network and power distribution grid) realized to study the planning and the deployment of a recharging infrastructure that offers services while meeting users requirements, and preserving (or improving) at the same time the grid power quality will be presented. The keynote will eventually cover the smart city definition and requirements, in terms of key technologies and modeling tools that are expected to be applied in future smart cities, and will illustrate some examples of smart grid-smart city projects in which researchers of the University if Bologna are involved.



Carlo Alberto Nucci is full professor and head of the Power Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering ‘Guglielmo Marconi’ of the University of Bologna. He is author or co-author of over 300 scientific papers published on peer-reviewed journals or on proceedings of international conferences, of five book chapters edited by IEEE (two), Kluwer, Rumanian Academy of Science and WIT press and of a couple of IEEE Standards and some CIGRE technical brochures. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the IET, CIGRE honorary member and has received some best paper/technical international awards, including the CIGRE Technical Committee Award and the ICLP Golde Award.

From January 2006 to September 2012 he has served as Chairman of Cigré Study Committee C4 ‘System Technical Performance’. Since January 2010 he is serving as Editor in Chief of the Electric Power Systems Research journal, Elsevier. Prof. Nucci is doctor honoris causa of the University Politehnica of Bucharest and corresponding member of the Bologna Science Academy. He has served as president of the Italian Group of University Professors of Electrical Power Systems (GUSEE) from 2012 to 2015. He is an adviser of the Global Resource Management Program of Doshisha University, Kyoto, supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science. He is the coordinator of the Working Group ‘Smart City’ of the University of Bologna, has been serving as member of the EU Smart City Stakeholder Platform since 2013, and since 2014 is representing IEEE PES (Power and Energy Societies) in the IEEE Smart City Initiatives Program.