CITYNET - European PhD program on sustainable energy management


The Marie-Curie Research Training Network (RTN) CITYNET aims to develop tools to improve the energy management of large scale urban projects. The common scope of the network research activities is to establish an innovative internet based on-line tool for planning, managing and operating urban quarters with low energy consumption and high renewable energy fraction in order to reduce up to 30% of CO2 emissions.

A major research focus of the network is the analysis, optimization, standardization and benchmarking of existing and planned buildings and energy efficient power plants (demand and supply side) of three urban planning sites and the implementation of the results into an intelligent energy management system. This system will provide online monitoring, simulation and visualization using Geographical Information System (GIS) software as the front end.

CITYNET consists of eight university research groups from six different European member countries and Turkey as an associated candidate-country and additionally involves seven commercial enterprises as well as community authorities as hosts for visits. The research will be carried out in civil, mechanical and environmental engineering as well as architecture, building physics, social science, computer science and economy. Within the network activities, ten PhD students have the opportunity to write their theses.

Further information about the project can be found on its official Website.


No. Network Participants Abbr. Country Contact Research/Activity fields
1 University of Applied Science
Stuttgart (Coordinator)
UAS Germany Prof. Ursula Eicker . System simulation and integration, energy management, renewable technology, GIS
2 Istanbul Technical University ITU Turkey Prof. Zerrin Yilmaz Eco building design, sustainable building design, low energy building design
3 Universitat Rovira i Virgili URV Spain Prof. Alberto Coronas Cooling technology, poly-generation, component development
4 Politecnico di Torino POLITO Italy Prof. Marco Perino Energy management, monitoring and control, building physic, IEQ, and energy assessment
5 De Montfort University DMU UK Prof. Victor Hanby . Low energy building design, thermal comfort
6 University of Strathclyde USG UK Prof. David Infield . Renewable energy use, system control, distributed electricity generation
7 Opole Technical University OTU PolandProf. Roman Ulbrich Biomass, technology development thermodynamics
8 University College of Dublin UCD Ireland Prof. Owen Lewis . Sustainable urban design, urban and building conservation, project management

PhD Projects

No. PhD Student University PhD Project
1 Eric Duminil UAS Development of an urban planning and management tool
2 Dilay Kesten UAS Building optimization through online operational control
3 Ayşegül Tereci UAS Benchmarking systems for energy optimized cities
4 Tobias Schulze ITU Low energy building design and renewable technology integration into low energy buildings
5 Jerko Labus URV Advanced cooling technologies
6 Meltem Bayraktar POLITO Urban energy management and control strategies, Energy assessment of buildings, IEQ assessment and control
7 Ivan Korolija DMU Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning System Energy Demand Coupling with Building Loads for Office Buildings
8 Maria Carla Di Vincenzo USG Distributed renewable electricity generation
9 Rafał Strzalka OTU Biomass infrastructure and technology development
10 Julie Ann Futcher UCD Integrated Urban Energy Performance Analysis

Training Events

  • 14.01.2008 - 22.01.2008: Solar Cooling and Heating, Simulation Tools, and GIS (Stuttgart, Germany, programme)
  • 26.05.2008 - 02.06.2008: Advanced Day Lighting, Urban waste, Project management, aerodynamics and thermodynamics, EnergyPlus (Istanbul, Turkey, programme)
  • 10.11.2008 - 18.11.2008: Sorption Cooling Technologies - Modelisation for integration in cooling and heating networks (Tarragona, Spain, programme)
  • 09.03.2009 - 17.03.2009: Building envelope and HVAC systems, Benchmarking, Standards, Energy Hub, Simulink, TRNSYS (Torino, Italy, programme)
  • 11.05.2009 - 17.05.2009: Thermal comfort and optimization (Leicester, United Kingdom, programme and information)

On-coming Events

  • 26.10.2009 - 04.11.2009: Glasgow, United Kingdom