SECONDED STAFF

Natalie Samovich

ENERCOUTIM (PT) -> University of Seville (SP)

FROM SEPTEMBER 2018 TO NOVEMBER 2018
Work Package 2,1

Ana Delicado

ICSUL (PT) -> CLANER (SP)

FROM JANUARY TO APRIL 2019
Work Package 3

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Understanding the renewable energy sector in Andalusia

In January 2019 I started my secondment at CLANER, in Malaga. CLANER is a business association, more exactly the Andalusian Cluster of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. It brings together over one hundred companies, public administration agencies and departments, universities and research centres that work on this sector and plays an important role in representing their interests and providing expert advice on energy issues.

During three weeks, under the guidance of Carlos Rojo, I collected information on national and regional energy policies, remuneration frameworks, planning regulations and procedures, the distribution of energy infrastructures in the region, public opinion and siting conflicts. Navigating a sea of legislation, policy documents, regulations, statistical data and media articles, I tried to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for the further development of renewable energy landscapes in Spain.

A field trip to the Guadalteba area allowed for a direct experience of the renewable energy landscapes in the Malaga province: the windfarm right framing the village of Ardales, the dam of Guadalhorce with wind turbines in the distant background, the La Camara windfarm in a desolate stretch of the road to Ronda. With land prices at a premium in the Costa del Sol, solar power plants are far less common.

This secondment was also particularly useful to identify potential case studies of social innovation in renewable energy for WP5: the energy cooperative in Fuengirola, the Andalusia SmartCity project, the Andalusian Board for Self-Consumption.

This secondment will continue in April, but this time in Seville, at the offices of Considera, an affiliate of CLANER.

Ana Delicado

María José Prados

University of Seville (SP) -> SP Interface (ISR)

FROM APRIL 2019
Work Package 2

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Cultural approach to RET system in Israel

The first part of my secondment in Israel was in spring 2019. Eleven days of intense work during the lead-up to the April 9th general elections. During this time I had the chance to work with SP Interface’s Daniel Madar and Hagitt Hulanovsky. SP Interface is a spinoff of MIMSHAK, an Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences program to link science and the environment. SP Interface works in partnership with the Weitzman Institute of Science in Rehovot. WIS is a private institution set up in the 1930s that stands out for its postgraduate studies and research in the fields of the Natural, Health and Exact Sciences. The second part of my secondment was in July. There were then new activities as a lecture in Tel Aviv to MIMSHAK postdoc program fellows and another one in Jerusalem, in presence of the Chief Scientist of Environmental Protection Ministry. As a result of these meetings with technical staff and postgraduate students, I have achieved a broad overview with an exchange of different points of view.

Together with colleagues from these centres, the Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv Universities and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I had the opportunity to discover more about the current state of RE implementation in Israel and interest in the area of research. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of my secondment has been the fieldwork periods, during which we visited different renewable energy plants throughout the country. The purpose was to appreciate its landscape implementation, the legal existent regulation there and how much the population is implied. There is no doubt that the thermo solar and photovoltaic plants at Ashalim and Ma’ale Gilboa Renewable Energy Wind Farm were the most useful examples for WP2.

Without any doubt, my impression during the secondment was that there is a need to address the disparity between resource availability and current thermo solar and photovoltaic energy implementations as Israel is at a level of development that is far from optimal. The lack of stable regulations on renewable energies in the country’s legislation and the energy available in gas pockets in the Mediterranean Sea make this easier to understand. So, perhaps we should talk of RE technologies than RE landscapes.

María José Prados

María Ángeles Barral

University of Seville (SP) -> Geosystem Hellas (GR)

FROM JULY 2019
Work Package 4

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Development of a Methodology for Evaluation of Wind Farms

My first commission within PEARLS Project was developed throughout July 2019 at Geosystem Hellas A.E. in Athens (Greece). During this period I collaborated with its CEO and President, Betty Charalampopoulou, and also Christos Kontopoulos.

The work carried out during this month may perhaps be divided into two stages.

An initial stage in which I address the study of wind farms in the Isle of Paros (Greece), as one of the case studies of PEARLS. By using Geographic Information Systems as Qgis 3.4.9 and ArcGIS 10.5.1, both as ArcMap and ArcScene much of the information required for the project is collected, such as aerial orthophotos, digital elevation models and road networks. I have also created new layers of vector information on the edge of the main urban centres of the island, as well as locating the most touristic beaches. I have made progress in applying the procedures and tools made available to researchers by the aforementioned software, in order to delimit the visible areas from the most touristic areas of the island of Paros, as are the two most important urban centres and beaches that have a more natural environment. We have also delimited the areas from which the wind turbines currently active on the island are visible.

A second stage focuses on the analysis of the different methodologies applied in the bibliography reviewed in document entitled Best current practices, which corresponds to June 2019 report within the Work Package 4. The objective is to set the methodology to be followed in the case studies addressed in the different participating countries into PEARLS. The methodology is based on giving positive or negative weight to the different variables involved in the impact assessment (noise, visibility, vegetation, proximity to roads or power plants, wind intensity, etc) and will depend a lot on each case study and will also vary depending on the legislation in force in each country. The publications value the consideration of various local experts and users in granting such positive or negative weights, so one of the proposals will be to develop a questionnaire in which experts and local users will be asked to consider the installation of new renewable energy plants (both wind and solar). The characteristics of the installations in each country may result in different weights of the elements, since some will show more concern not to deteriorate the tourist attraction (therefore visibility will be important) and others for not affecting forest areas, or agricultural areas. In the last days of the stay, progress is made in the design of the questions that are going to form part of the questionnaire.

María Ángeles Barral

Ricardo Iglesias

University of Seville (SP) -> ENERCOUTIM (PT)

FROM JULY 2019 TO AUGUST 2019
Work Package 5

Michaela Ghislanzoni

Territoria (SPA) -> ICSUL (PT)

FROM JULY 2019 TO JULY 2021
Work Package 5

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Getting to know energy communities in Portugal

 My first stay at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL) took place between 1 and 31 July. The ICS-UL is dedicated to research and advanced training in social sciences, with special emphasis on the current Portuguese social reality.

During my stay I was able to get to know the Portuguese context in terms of energy communities, energy planning, landscape planning in this country and, in depth, two examples of energy communities, very different from each other.

The first one is located in Valverde (Évora), and was originated by a European project led by the large company “Energias de Portugal” (EDP) and called “Sensivel”. EDP has installed 25 new-generation photovoltaic installations in 25 homes or businesses, monitoring the performance of the technology and the consumption habits of users. We have conducted several interviews with citizens and the mayor of the parish, completing the work that had already been done interviewing the head of the project by EDP.

The second energy community is located in São Luís, parish of Odemira. In this case it has been the citizen association “Transição São Luís” which, through the participative budgets of the city council, has achieved the installation of photovoltaic panels in the public buildings of the parish. We interviewed a representative of the association and the facilities.

The visits and interviews were carried out jointly with Joana Sacouto (ICS-UL) and Ricardo Iglesias Pascual (Pablo de Olavide University, Seville), who was also making a secondments in Lisbon in my Work Package.

During this time I have been able to interact and learn from the researchers of ICS-UL, Ana Delicado, Roberto Falanga, Mónica Truninger and João Ferrão, and I have also been able to participate in the seminar “Cities on the make. Tactical urbanism, placemaking and Civic Hacking”, organized by ICS-UL and whose central theme has been innovation in citizen participation.

Juan José López

University of Seville (SPA) -> SP Interface (ISR)

FROM APRIL 2020 TO SEPTEMBER 2020
Work Package 2

María José Prados

University of Seville (SP) -> AKKT Engineering (GR)

FROM JULY 2020
Work Package 4

María Ángeles Barral

University of Seville (SP) -> Tsakoumis (GR)

FROM JULY 2020
Work Package 4

Ricardo Iglesias

University of Seville (SP) -> ENERCOUTIM (PT)

FROM JULY 2020 TO AUGUST 2020
Work Package 5

Ana Delicado

ICSUL (PT) -> TERRITORIA (SP)

FROM AUGUST 2020
Work Package 5

Mónica Truninger

ICSUL (PT) -> TERRITORIA (SP)

FROM SEPTEMBER 2020
Work Package 5

Mónica Truninger

ICSUL (PT) -> TERRITORIA (SP)

FROM OCTOBER 2020
Work Package 5

Ana Horta

ICSUL (PT) -> Geosystem Hellas (GR)

FROM NOVEMBER 2020
Work Package 3

Ana Horta

ICSUL (PT) -> Geosystem Hellas (GR)

FROM DECEMBER 2020
Work Package 3

Luís Junqueira

ICSUL (PT) -> CLANER (SP)

FROM APRIL 2021
Work Package 3

Luís Junqueira

ICSUL (PT) -> CLANER (SP)

FROM MAY 2021
Work Package 3

María Ángeles Barral

University of Seville (SP) -> Tsakoumis (GR)

FROM JULY 2021
Work Package 4

Georgia Pozoukidou

AUTh (GR) -> CLANER (SP)

FROM OCTOBER 2020 TO NOVEMBER 2021
Work Package 2

Sofia Spyridonidou

AUTh (GR) -> SP INTERFACE (ISR)

FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 TO MARCH 2020
Work Package 4

Georgia Sismani

 AUTh (GR) -> SP INTERFACE (ISR)

FROM FEBRUARY TO MARCH 2020
Work Package 4

Georgia Sismani

AUTh (GR) -> TERRITORIA (SP)

FROM JUNE TO AUGUST 2020
Work Package 4

e-mail: eusoclab@us.es

Address:  Avda. Ciudad Jardín, 20/22, 1ª pta.            41005 Sevilla ( España )

Funded by: Marie Sklodowska  Curie Actions. H2020 Research Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Project Number:  778039 - PEARLS

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 778039.

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