Scholarship code CU3.24

Disruptive and Scalable Technologies for Energy Transition

  • Reference person
  • Host University/Institute
    Scuola Univeritaria Superiore IUSS Pavia
  • Internship
  • Research Keywords
    Energy transition
    Disruptive technologies
    Decarbonization of the energy sector
  • Reference ERCs
    PE10_3 Climatology and climate change
    PE10_2 Meteorology, atmospheric physics and dynamics
    PE10_21 Earth system modelling and interactions
  • Reference SDGs
    GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
    GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
    GOAL 13: Climate Action


A global transition to clean and sustainable energy sources is vital to address diminishing fossil fuel reserves and rising energy demand. This research explores disruptive and scalable technologies to expedite the energy transition and enable a sustainable future. Objectives include: (1) identifying disruptive technologies like hydrogen, renewable energy, district heating, power from bioenergy, waste heat, and innovative approaches to transmission and distribution; (2) assessing their scalability and suitability for large-scale adoption considers factors such as resources,technology maturity, infrastructure, and economic viability; (3) analyzing economic, environmental, and social impacts focuses on decarbonizing the energy sector and promoting sustainable development; (4) develop strategies and recommendations for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and investors to facilitate the adoption of these disruptive and scalable technologies. The study involves: (a) a comprehensive literature review, analyzing potential benefits, limitations, and challenges; (b) a valuating scalability factors like resource availability, technology maturity, infrastructure, and economic viability; (c) quantifying economic, environmental, and social impacts,including reducing emissions, enhancing energy efficiency, promoting security,job creation, and local economic development. Case studies will be conducted on successful implementations offer insights into lessons learned, best practices,and challenges. Based on findings, the candidate will develop policy recommendations, investment strategies, and implementation plans to addressregulatory frameworks and financial incentives.

Suggested skills:

The ideal candidate should be skilledin the fields of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Earth and EnvironmentalSciences or Civil Engineering, with a strong background in statistics. Specificskills in the field of climate science will be considered a plus. Moreover, thecandidate should be strongly motivated to work in a pluralist andmulti-disciplinary environment, collaborating with the STEM and socialscientists of the CARISMA research centre.

Research team and environment

The candidate will be part of theCARISMA team and will be also involved in the R&D group of the MITOTechnology company. The CARISMA team within IUSS is composed by STEM and Socialscientists working on different aspects of climate change among which: dataanalysis and modelling of Earth system and economic system processes; impactassessment of extreme natural events and anthropogenic activities on human andnatural environments.

MITO Technology company is an Italian-based leading intellectual property licensing and IP consulting company, is the strategic advisor of the fund, that provides connection with investment opportunities and scouts the most promising initiatives in the field of sustainability.