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Food production and consumption cause significant environmental burdens during the product life cycles. As a result of intensive development and the changing social attitudes and behaviors in the last century, the agrofood sector is the highest resource consumer after housing in the EU. This paper is part of an effort to estimate environmental impacts(More)
In this paper, we present <italic>Overgrid</italic>, a fully distributed peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture designed to automatically control and implement distributed demand response (DR) schemes in a community of smart buildings with energy generation and storage capabilities. As overlay networks in communications establish logical links between peers(More)
The paper focuses on the evaluation of the impact of Building Automation Control Systems (BACS) and Technical Building Management (TBM) systems on the performance of the lighting system in a residential building. In particular, this work shows a laboratory setup, installed at the DEIM of the University of Palermo, for simulating a typical apartment. The(More)
Though many studies concern the agro-food sector in the EU and Italy, and its environmental impacts, literature is quite lacking in works regarding LCA application on citrus products. This paper represents one of the first studies on the environmental impacts of citrus products in order to suggest feasible strategies and actions to improve their(More)
This paper presents a technical and economic analysis of the possible exploitation of offshore wind resources using spatial analysis methods based on GIS tools. The study assessed the magnitude and distribution of the main constraints on installation of wind farms by taking into account the relevant technical factors and local laws on nature protection(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze energy, economic and environmental performances of a set of scenarios dealing with the production and the use of hydrogen as energy carriers in residential applications in combination with renewable energy (RE). The authors also made an investigation into the required economic conditions necessary for making H 2 –RE(More)
The short-term load forecasting (STLF), with lead times ranging from a few hours to several days ahead, helps grid operators to make a cost effective scheduling of resources, purchase of energy, maintenance and security analysis studies. The use of reliable load forecasting models is necessary for a rational use of electricity, taking into account that it(More)
Literature review highlighted a lack in works concerning BIST models. A FEM based model for a coupled wall/collector system is proposed. The model is validated and calibrated on two real case studies. The model is run following standard procedure requirements for collector characterisation. Pro and cons of the proposed model are outlined and BIST(More)
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