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Here you can read about our progress and obstacles we meet. We want to share with you what a life of a PhD researcher look like and what occupies our heads. Hope you will find it useful

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Industrial Secondments in COVID-19 time 

Nowadays, the link between the industry and academia represents an unbreakable bond, especially in the field of smart grids and renewable energy due to the daily challenges the engineers encounter in this field. Within the SCENT project, the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) investigate the smart grid issues encountered in industry. Therefore, the secondments and training provided by the industrial partners are strong tools that provide the ESRs a link between the industry and academia. However, sometimes this link could be affected by unexpected situations such as the COVID 19 pandemic.  Read more...

Waseem, 21.01.2021

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My industrial secondment during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN) offers many valuable opportunities for the Early Stare Researcher (ESR) to develop their knowledge, skills and careers. One of the appreciated opportunities which I obtained as the ESR in the SCENT project is doing secondment at industries. The experience from the industrial secondment provides the insight for the ESR to find and tackle real world problems using academic and scientific research approach. Read more...

Wibi, 10.12.2020

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Optimizing the Industrial secondment experience during the Covid-19 pandemic

Industrial secondment activities for early-stage researchers (ESR) are an essential part of the learning process and development, especially in the Smart Cities EMC Network for Training (SCENT) project, which has an orientation to develop their ESRs become excellent experts. However, the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, which began at the end of 2019, made the learning process, including industrial secondment activities, become more difficult than usual. Read more...

Imam, 9.12.2020



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My Marie-Skłodowska Curie Secondment in COVID-19 times

PhD journey involves a lot of hard work and being an early-stage researcher (ESR) in the SCENT project sometimes, the hurdle increases. Nowadays, the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives, and teleworking has been practiced more than ever. However, some activities are challenging to establish remote, such as the secondments. Read more...

Hermes, 30.11.2020

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Building a bridge between the industry and academia

As you may already know from the previous post, industrial secondments play an important part in the SCENT project. However, the current situation related to the pandemic made it complicated to take part in the collaboration between academia and industry. How do we overcome these difficulties? Read more...  

Dasha, 25.11.2020

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Dealing with real challenges on a navy warship

An important part of the SCENT project is our possibility and obligation to conduct research not only in the academic but also industrial setting. This possibility enables us to bridge the gap between industry and academia, ensuring us that the research is not only a subject for some boffins, but is in fact relevant and can be used in solving 'real-world' problems. In a series of posts we are going to share our experiences on the secondments to the industrial partners of the SCENT project. Read more...

Imam, 23.11.2020

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Integration of energy and communication systems in smart cities

What are the challenges of integrating energy and communication systems in smart cities? What is the role of the standards, especially about EMC? This is the panel's context promoted by SCENT project and Bright Cities, with the mediation provided by SCENT ESR2 - Hermes Loschi, in conjunction with ETOPIA ESR 7 - Francinei Vieira and the electrical engineer at ABB - Carlos Eduardo Bertolassi. Read more...

Hermes, 17.11.2020

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EMI Filters

Reading every single paper about passive EMI filters you’ll find a statement in it, that designing and optimization of aforementioned filters is not a trivial task. This article will open a series of posts in which we will try to give an understanding to a reader of all significant phenomena or aspects in a filter design. Read more...

Dasha, 29.09.2020

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Electromagnetic Compatibility in Smart grid environment 

EMI can cause malfunction or failure of the performance of power semi-conductor devices, equipments, or systems through main power lines (conducted emissions: CE) and through space (radiated emissions: RE). High-speed semiconductors are applied in power electronics converters to improve efficiency. But high frequency switching leads to generation of interference over a wide range of frequency. EMI is an inevitable problem in modern power electronic circuits. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), which has recently gained a high importance, is the solution against electromagnetic interference. Read more...


Venkat, 23.09.2020

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What is CISPR for the EMC society?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC; in French: Commission électrotechnique internationale) is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, solar energy, nanotechnology and marine energy as well as many others. The IEC also manages four global conformity assessment systems that certify whether equipment, system or components conform to its international standards.
All electrotechnologies are covered by IEC Standards, including energy production and distribution, electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication and medical technology, as well as associated general disciplines such as terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility. Read more... 

Marshall, 07.09.2020

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Challenge in Industry 4.0 and 5.0

Nowadays, the development of industrial automation or the internet of things (IOT) in the industrial era 4.0 has been very rapid. In the future, this technology will develop into technologies that allow "personalization",  which is known as the 5.0 industrial era. What are the challenges in Industry 4.0 and 5.0 from the Electromangetic Compatibility perspective?  Read more...

Imam, 31.08.2020

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Living in the Netherlands

An important aspect of the SCENT project is the mobility of the ESRs. We all need to adjust to living abroad, which is often related with a culture shock, especially in the beginning. However, this is also an important lesson and allows us to make international friends while appreciating our similarities and differences. Here is a story from Wibi. Read more...


Wibi, 24.08.2020

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EMI in CENELEC A frequency band

A lot of problems appear in the communication due to the presence of harmonics and conducted Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) in the power cables due to the increasing amount of devices utilizing switching frequencies in the frequency range of narrowband communication in CENELEC A band. In this blog we are going to explore the types of electromagnetic interference in a CENELEC A frequency band. Read more...

Waseem, 14.07.2020

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Outreach activities, and now, what I do?

One of the SCENT project primary mission is the dissemination and communication initiatives directed towards the general public. The primary goal is to create awareness of the importance of research to society and to raise awareness of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, based on the principle "public engagement" of the "European Charter for Researchers." Read more...

Hermes, 16.06.2020

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FFT example, part 1.

Time domain and frequency domain are two complementary ways of looking at a signal. Usually, to switch from time domain to frequency domain, we use Fourier Transform. However, looking more closely at Fourier Transform, one can realize that there are many things that should be taken into consideration. This example is aimed at demonstrating the effect of bandwidth on the measurement of some standard waveforms. Read more...


Dave and Karol, 16.06.2020

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Struggling with writing?

Don't worry, we all do. Writing articles is a big part of every scientists' life. Sometimes you don't know where to start, other times you realize that you don't know what you were talking about. Dasha wants to share some more personal thoughts on the writing process. Read more....


Daria, 30.03.2020

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Cable Modelling in SACAMOS

SACAMOS (State-of-the-Art CAble MOdels for Spice) is a software for modelling the cables propagation and external field coupling with all cable properties and frequency dependent values that effect performance of cables. In this post we will show some of SACAMOS' features. Read more...

Venkat, 29.03.2020

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What is dB?

Many of us heard about "decibels". In fact, for an electrical engineer decibles should be a bread and butter. But to use them properly, one needs to know what they really mean. Sometimes it is needed to refresh the basics. Let's refresh them together. Read more...


Karol, 28.03.2020

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