Several presentations and activities are being planned to present the AURORA project to the 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. Keep an eye on our social media channels to find out about the upcoming events!
On the 25th of June the Sustainable Action Group held a workshop on solar cooking and the participants got to build solar cookers! This workshop was held in cooperation with the association “Circulos de Transformação” and the Municipality of Évora.
The Sustainable Action group of the AURORA project promoted on May 18th it’s second public event! It was presented and discussed with those present the possible photovoltaic solutions for the historical city center of Évora, namely solar tiles and photovoltaic glass. Product samples were circulated among the attendees so they can have direct contact with the solutions to be implemented under the POCITYF project.
The Sustainable Action group (AURORA project) promoted on May 3rd the public event on self-consumption with photovoltaic panels, jointly organized with the Parish Council of Évora. With the participation of 15 people, savings, tips, recommendations and the need to decarbonize our lifestyle were discussed.
It was decided to create a group on WhatsApp to talk about this and other topics, ask questions, share news and events. We are here: WhatsApp Group Link
On April 19th took place the launching of the Sustainable Action of the AURORA project and its action line. Among the participants were students and researchers from the University of Évora. The AURORA Project team presented the project’s objectives and presented the Sustainable Action initiative!
On February 15, 2023, a first public session between researchers and citizens was held. The participation included students, entrepreneurs and citizens, with a total of 13 people participating in the meeting.
Several different topics were discussed, focusing on energy, climate change and its impacts, renewable energy communities, the Portuguese legislation in force and its implementation challenges. The AURORA project was presented, its objectives, the different demonstrators and the carbon footprint monitoring application. The different possibilities being addressed were explained and polls were made to assess the participants willingness to enrol in a community under different forms.
The participants showed interest in the project and its ideas. One of the main conclusions was that energy communities could be a good way to make citizens an active part of the electricity production with basis on renewable energy sources, thus reducing energy costs as well as carbon emissions associated with the energy sector.
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.
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.