The project was presented to students in a meeting in March 2022, to discuss the different visions about the AURORA initiative. It turned out that there is great interest in participating.
In May 2022, we hosted a Innovation Cafe where we had an interesting discussion followed by presentation from our researcher Dr. Luís Fialho. Prof. Alexander Gerber from INSCICO also led a talk about individual energy behaviour and how a mobile app could help to change that. The participants also filled out a survey about what they would like to see in the app.
On February 15, 2023 we held our first public session between researchers and citizens.
We had 13 participants, including students, entrepreneurs, researchers and citizens.
We discussed different topics related to energy, climate change and its impacts, renewable energy communities, the Portuguese legislation in force and its implementation challenges. Finally, the AURORA project was presented, its objectives, the different demonstrators and the carbon footprint monitoring application.
The participants showed interest in the project and its ideas. One of the conclusions was that the energy communities could be a good way to make citizens active as electricity producers based on renewable energy sources, thus reducing energy costs as well as carbon emissions associated with the energy sector.
Several presentations and activities will be planned to present the AURORA project to the new students and potential members of the community. The aim is to reach and engage the academic community to play an active role not only in the project but also in the whole energy transition with zero-emissions by taking more informed decisions about energy related behaviors. Be