European research grant to secure resilient and sustainable cities Yashar Farrokfhal

Energy information systems are important to secure resilient and sustainable cities. Dr Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokfhal from the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has won a grant to recruit faculty to research how municipalities can facilitate their efforts towards reaching sustainability goals, until 2021. The award from ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems was granted to a consortium of RSM with Danish and Swedish municipalities and other international universities. 

The research proposal on ‘Flexibility for Smart Urban Energy Systems’ (FlexSUS) was accepted by ERA-NET Smart Energy Systems (SES) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The main objective of FlexSUS is to support city planners and decision-makers in their cities transition towards climate friendly economies by giving them an array of options in planning and designing low carbon solutions.

Renewable production

Academic expert on renewable energy systems Dr Ghiassi-Farrokfhal will be in charge of recruiting a postdoc who will be the researcher in the project.

“FlexSUS integrates local and distant renewable production with existing assets while it develops processes to evaluate technologies that are not yet deployed in the cities based on their direct feedback,” says Dr Ghiassi-Farrokfhal, adding that as well as technical solutions, FlexSUS addresses the social and economic systems within which they are applied, hence applying an integrated approach.

€1.5 million

ERA-NET Smart Energy Systems is financed by public funding institutions from various European countries and regions. The total funding of the project, which is to take place between September 2019 and August 2022) is €1.5 million. RSM will receive €170,000, including a post-doc position.

In addition to RSM, the Technical University of Denmark: Chalmers University of Technology and Linköping University, both in Sweden; and municipalities and companies in Denmark and Sweden will be involved.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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