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.
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.
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.