Hydroelectric is a mature sector but new technologies and digitalization can make plants more efficient, flexible, durable and sustainable. For this reason investment in research and development is growing, especially in Europe.
Scientific Officer at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre
A qualified hydraulic engineer, Emanuele Quaranta is Scientific Officer at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, following a previous collaboration with the EC in 2017 on emerging technologies in the hydroelectric sector.
From 2014 to 2019, he worked as a researcher at the Politecnico di Torino, where he completed a research doctorate that won the prize for best Italian thesis in water engineering in 2017. His research relates to hydroelectric power, the water-energy nexus and nature-based solutions. He also collaborates with the International Energy Agency and SINTEF Energy Research on the interaction between hydroelectric energy and fish.
Quaranta is scientific referee for a variety of international science journals and conferences and a science writer for the publications of various international associations and scientific societies, including the International Hydropower Association, Prescouter, Qual Energia and Solar Power World. He is also the curator of a special edition of the international journal Sustainability MDPI on the future of hydroelectricity.