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D. Roberto Barrella

Current position:
Research Assistant
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Association date:
11/Sep/2018
Location:
SM26. P-502
Phone Number:
+34 91 542-2800 ext. 2775
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Biography:

Roberto Barrella was born in Rome in 1992. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Energy Engineering in 2015 and a Master's degree in Energy Engineering in 2018, both from Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. He developed his master's thesis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He currently works as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), in the area of Energy Systems Modeling. His research and teaching activity is carried out in the Chair of Energy and Poverty.


Areas of interest:

Energy poverty, Residential Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency, HVAC systems, Energy Policy, Climate change.


Experience:

09/2017 - 03/2018. Erasmus program, Madrid, Spain. He attended three courses and worked on his Master Thesis at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

04/2008 – present. Volunteer, Community of Sant'Egidio. For more than a decade, he has been a volunteer of the Community of Sant'Egidio, which provides services for children, elderly and homeless people. He participated in projects with this association in four different places: at an elderly home, at a children’s home, at Largo Passamonti in Rome and in Blantyre, Malawi.

09/2000 - 09/2012. Boy’s Scout, Rome, Italy. In 12 years of Scouting, he has developed skills of adaptation and resolution of concrete problems. Outstanding experiences: hiking in Italy, volunteering in Lourdes, participating in the World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, and kayaking from Treviso to Venice.


Skills:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), advanced in EES and R, basic knowledge of Matlab, Mathcad, AutoCAD, Ecotect, Radiance, Climate Consultant.

Italian (Native), Spanish (Proficiency), English (Advanced).

Energy demand modeling.

Energy poverty indicators’ analysis.

HVAC systems’ feasibility analysis.

Thermodynamics and Fluid dynamics lab research and knowledge.

Basic electrical lab knowledge.

Designing, construction and testing of energy conversion systems.

Designing of sustainable buildings.


Current research interests:

Bottom-up models of HVAC demand in the residential sector.

Bottom-up models for domestic electricity consumption.

Study of future scenarios of household energy demand and expenditure.

Analysis of the techno-economic feasibility of heat pumps in the residential sector.

Critical review of energy poverty indicators.

Analysis and proposal of measures to combat energy poverty in Europe.

International Exchanges

  • Jan - Apr 2022, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Lisbon (Portugal).

Invited Conferences and Seminars

  • Round table "A decade of research on energy poverty indicators. Where should we go?" Jornada «Pobreza energética: Diez años de visibilización y acción». ACA - Asociación de Ciencias Ambientales. Online. Feb 2022.
  • Conference "Session 2. "How far is the thermal bonus going to alleviate Energy Poverty?"" VII Sesión del Seminario Interdisciplinar. Situación actual y perspectivas de evolución de la pobreza energética en España.. Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Nov 2021.
  • Conference "What can engineers do to address energy poverty?". Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Madrid (Spain). Oct 2021.
  • Conference "Modeling and analysis of electricity consumption in Spanish vulnerable households. Technical session: Energy transition" 14th IEEE PowerTech Conference 2021. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society (IEEE PES); y Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Online. Jun 2021.
  • Workshop "The Spanish national strategy against energy poverty 2019-2024: policy and research perspectives" 9th Engager Café. ENGAGER COST Action. Online. Jun 2021.
  • Conference "The Spanish national strategy against energy poverty 2019-2024: policy and research perspectives" ENGAGER Training School 2: Mainstreaming Innovative Energy Poverty Metrics. ENGAGER COST Action. Online. Apr 2021.
  • Workshop "Impact of energy refurbishment strategies on domestic energy services affordability: the Spanish case" Making the Carbonisation Fair conference. Fuel Poverty Research Network, Defesa do consumidor (DECO); Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE -FCT NOVA); y ENGAGER-COST Action. Online. Mar 2021.
  • Seminar "Energy Poverty. Who is left behind by energy transition?" MEPI Conference. Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Sep 2019.
  • Workshop "Climate change and energy poverty" ENGAGER WG1/WG4 Meeting. European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Zadar (Croatia). Sep 2019.
  • Conference "Towards a hidden energy poverty indicator for Spanish households" 14th Workshop on Industrial Systems and Energy Technologies - JOSITE'2019. Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). May 2019.

Organization of Scientific Meetings

  • Organization of "VIII Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. How do energy communities contribute to the fight against energy poverty?". Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). May 2022.
  • Organization of "Indicators of energy poverty in Spain 2020. Beyond the official indices.". Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Online. Jan 2022.
  • Organization of "VII Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. Current situation and prospects for the evolution of energy poverty in Spain.". Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Nov 2021.
  • Organization of "A new electric bill on June 1". Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). May 2021.
  • Organization of "VI Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. The Minimum Vital Supply (SMV): a crucial tool in the fight against energy poverty". Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Apr 2021.
  • Organization of "IV Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. Present and future of energy vulnerability situations in Spain in the context of the COVID-19 emergency". Cátedra de Energía y Pobreza. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). May 2020.
  • Organization of "III Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. Innovative proposals for the fight against energy poverty". Fundación Naturgy. Madrid (Spain). Jan 2020.
  • Organization of "II Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. The challenge of the national strategy against energy poverty". Fundación Naturgy. Madrid (Spain). May 2019.
  • Organization of "1st Interdisciplinary Seminar Session. How to guarantee the supply of vulnerable households?". Endesa. Madrid (Spain). Nov 2018.

Technical Reports

External Relevant Positions

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the ENPOR project Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP). Amsterdam (Netherlands). Sep 2021 - Aug 2023.
  • Member of Italian Observatory on Energy Poverty (OIPE) Centro Studi di Economia e Tecnica dell’Energia «Giorgio Levi Cases» de Università di Padova. Padua (Italy). Oct 2019 - Today.
  • Member of Working Group 2 of ENGAGER 2017-2021 COST Action «Indicators – Developing an operational European energy poverty framework» European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Brussels (Belgium). Feb 2019 - Today.
  • Member of EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV) European Commission, Directorate General for Energy. Brussels (Belgium). Feb 2019 - Oct 2020.
  • Member of Working Group 4 of ENGAGER 2017-2021 COST Action «Innovation – Introducing path-breaking perspectives to the understanding of energy poverty» European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Brussels (Belgium). Feb 2019 - Today.

Media and Research Dissemination

  • "¿Qué efecto tiene en el consumo de gas bajar un grado el termostato de la calefacción?". The Conversation. (Apr 2022)
  • "El confinamiento agravó la pobreza energética pero el escudo social evitó un mal mayor". The Conversation. (Feb 2022)
  • "2021 energy price crisis impacts on energy poverty in Spain". EP Pedia. (Dec 2021)
  • "Perspective on national strategy against energy poverty 2019-2024 in the policy debate". ENPOR. (Aug 2021)
  • "Nueva factura de la luz". Revista Comillas. Nº104, p. 56. (Jul 2021)
  • "National strategy against energy poverty 2019-2024 in Spain". EP Pedia. (Jan 2021)
  • "La pobreza energética en el contexto de la emergencia de la COVID-19". Diario_responsable. (May 2020)
  • "La pobreza energética aumentará con la crisis de la Covid-19". Energías Renovables. (May 2020)