GrowSmarter Site Barcelona

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  • Spain
  • Barcelona
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Voted European Capital of Innovation 2014, Barcelona is a vast metropolitan hub with a long tradition of industry and entrepreneurship. Barcelona City Council encourages strategic initiatives aimed at generating international collaboration and promoting a global and forward-looking vision to businesses and public bodies, as well as scientific and technological centres.

Barcelona’s Smart City program began over thirty years ago when the city installed fibre optic cables to connect two municipal buildings. Currently, the City Council is using public-private partnerships to encourage innovation in areas such as transport, shopping, street lighting and environmental monitoring. Barcelona has been transformed into an urban laboratory, piloting projects and services that make the city more open, efficient and friendly.

The innovation zone known as 22nd District has been chosen for Barcelona's implementation of the smart solutions withn GrowSmarter project. This multi-purpose area mixes residential, industrial and academic buildings in a lively, vibrant area bordering the Mediterranean sea.

Solutions being implemented in the 22nd District include introducing electric vehicles and installing charging infrastructure, refurbishing current buildings to create ‘zero energy’ blocks and installing district heating and cooling.

Low Energy District

  • Efficient and smart climate shell refurbishment
  • Recovering waste water heat from the drain
  • New adaptive control and regulation techniques for heating systems
  • Efficient lighting
  • Smart energy-saving tenants
  • Active house/Home Energy Management Systems/Smart home system
  • Energy Visualisation
  • Dynamic price models
  • Smart electricity management
  • Batteries for Renewable Energy Storage (RES)
  • Heat pumps for heat storage in heating system and hot tap water system
  • Smart meters
  • Weather metering predicting RES storage demand

Integrated Infrastructure

  • Smart street lighting
    • Lampposts as base for sensors, wifi, mobile network
  • Waste heat recovery
  • Open district heating with feed in of waste heat
  • Waste heat from data centers and vacuum waste systems
  • Waste heat from fridges and freezers in supermarkets
  • Smart waste collection
  • Optical sorting of waste
  • Introduction of AWCS (Automated waste collecting system) in an existing neighborhood
  • Waste collection statistics for individual households/businesses
  • Big data management
  • Big open data platform

Sustainable Urban Mobility

  • Sustainable delivery
  • Integrated multi-mode transport for light goods
  • Micro distribution of freight
  • Smart traffic management
  • Travel Demand management
  • Traffic control system for passenger vehicles
  • Traffic signals synchronized to prioritize certain vehicles movement of goods
  • Alternative fuel driven vehicles
  • Developing charging infrastructure
  • Setting up refueling facilities for alternative heavy duty fuels fuel
  • Smart guiding to alternative fuel stations and fast charging
  • Smart mobility solutions
  • Green parking index in combination with car sharing pool with EV
  • Electrical and cargo bike pool