The University of Mons (UMONS) located in the Walloon Region of Belgium has developed a strong, sustainable and highly-performing Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) platform in the field of Energy Efficiency in City Districts according to the late concept of Net Zero Energy City Districts (NZED).
Research activities are concentrated on the combination of four major research areas such as
- electricity micro-grids,
- thermal behaviour of buildings,
- energy production/energy storage systems
- urban planning, environmental assessment and mobility.
As a next step in its will to connect R&D activities to its education programs, UMONS will propose the next academic year an Erasmus Mundus degree focusing on Smart Cities and Communities. Partner Universities are HERIOT-WATT University (UK), INTERNATIONAL HELLENIC UNIVERSITY (GR) and UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO (SP).