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Smart Cities EMC Network for Training

Project description

Innovative training of engineers for smart cities

Smart urban technologies will revolutionise cities across Europe. But using IoT devices such as connected lights and sensors, requires interoperability. Without it, devices and applications cannot communicate or share data. A key factor is ensuring the interaction of electrical power with information technology and communications equipment. There is an urgent need to understand power quality and (conducted) electromagnetic compatibility issues. However, there is a lack of qualified engineers. The EU-funded SCENT project provided an integrated doctoral training programme for highly skilled engineers. The project covers methodologies to optimise the design of power distribution networks inside buildings, industrial plants and transport systems, considering the compatibility and efficiency of the distribution networks and connected electronic systems.


The global vision of Smart and Sustainable Cities is greatly restricted by the rapid increase of interference and interoperability problems which occur through the interaction of electrical power with information technology and communications equipment. This interconnected systems-of-systems infrastructure creates a complex electromagnetic environment in which interoperability of the electronic systems has to be achieved. There is an urgent need to conduct greater understanding in Power Quality (PQ) and (conducted) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) due to the changing dynamics of the field. The main issue is the insufficient number of qualified engineers for the latest developments in smart cities, renewable generation and electric vehicles. A highly trained cadre of engineers (a new breed) is required to lead this area. To date no specific doctoral programme in this field is available in Europe resulting in well trained researchers and engineers being scarce.
SCENT will create a network to train highly skilled engineers through an integrated doctoral training program based on the essential research required in PQ and EMC that can underpin all future technological developments, strongly linked to industry, and bridging the gap between research and industry for translation of new knowledge. Designed into the project are specific innovations with methodologies to optimize the design of power distribution networks inside buildings and industrial plants, as well as transport systems, with respect to compatibility (no interference) and efficiency in the distribution networks and connected electronic systems. The partners of the network consist of leaders in these fields and relevant industrial stakeholders resulting in a unique and effective network in Europe and globally. Dissemination methods to realize optimal impact will include scientific publications, workshops, training of engineers in industry, and dissemination through newsletters, interviews, social media.



Net EU contribution
€ 796 859,64
7522 NB Enschede

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Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 796 859,64

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Partners (14)