Smart electricity grid

Smart electricity grids are power networks optimised through the inclusion of devices, software and services that allow bidirectional real-time communication among network users (both suppliers and consumers) and network components. This enables electricity demand to be adjusted to match the instantaneous generation and storage capacities available on the grid – in other words, it smoothens demand peaks. Smart electricity grids are an integral part of the smart city concept because of their great potential to improve urban energy efficiency.

Important components of smart grids are systems collectively called advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) which measures, collects and analyses energy usage, and communicates with metering devices (“smart meters”), either on request or on a schedule. These systems include customer associated systems (hardware), meter data management (MDM) software, and supplier business systems – all connected within a communication network to enable collection and distribution of information to customers, suppliers, grids operators, utility companies and service providers. Smart meters with limited capabilities are currently being implemented among households, and smart grids have been demonstrated in various locations. Smart electricity grid deployment is integrated with urban planning.

The smart electricity grids are embedded in the smart city concept due to their high level of potential synergies with technical solutions enabling increased energy efficiency in the city system, based on improvements in the communication network managing the demand side.

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

SMARTER TOGETHER

The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER...

Triangulum

The Triangulum project will demonstrate how a systems innovation approach based around the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) can drive dynamic smart city development. It will test the SIP across three lighthouse cities: Manchester (United...

SINFONIA

The SINFONIA project is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria), working hand in hand to achieve 40% to...

NEXT-BUILDINGS

The NEXT-Buildings project focuses of low energy buildings also called active houses, which are not only buildings, but active components in the overall integrated energy systems. The target is to demonstrate affordable solutions for social housing and revitalisation of town areas. The solutions...

CITY-ZEN

CITY-ZEN aims to develop and demonstrate zero energy cities with a central role for citizens. The team of the project works together to achieve a future-proof grid, innovative heat and cold solutions and energy efficient buildings.
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

Smarter Together Site Lyon

Lyon’s demonstration area in the SMARTER TOGETHER project is  Lyon Confluence, one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in France (150 ha – 600 000 m² existing floor area – 1.000.000 m² of new buildings) and a place of many urban innovations. With SMARTER TOGETHER Lyon aims to: Increase the...

BUILDSMART Site Malmö

The Malmö demonstration site covers four new buildings. The main focus was on the sustainability of the buildings. The following buildings have been constructed: Malmö Live – Hotel building (Skanska) Malmö Live is a new concert, congress and hotel complex situated on walking distance from Malmö...

CITY-ZEN Site Amsterdam

  Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. The city has 750,000 residents from 175 different countries. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has 2.1 million inhabitants. The city continues to encourage green research, developement and investment in sustainable initiatives. The area is enjoying...

SINFONIA Site Innsbruck

Innsbruck (Austria, 120,000 inhabitants) defined its 2025 Energy Plan back in 2009. In this context, and as part of SINFONIA, the city has selected its eastern district to demonstrate the large scale implementation of energy efficient measures, with the objective of achieving on average 40 – 50%...

SINFONIA Site Bolzano

Since 2005, Bolzano (Italy, 100,000 inhabitants) has developed an ambitious investment plan for large scale urban refurbishment in collaboration with both public and private stakeholders. The work undertaken in SINFONIA is part of this plan, and aims to achieve 40% to 50% primary energy savings in...