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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... Continue reading
Funding programme: H2020, SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Smart Cities and Communities, Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

Triangulum

The three point project Triangulum is one of the European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects, set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites. The flagship cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) serve as a... Continue reading
Funding programme: H2020, SCC 1 - 2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Smart Cities and Communities, Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

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... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Sustainable energy solutions on district level, Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts

NEXT-BUILDINGS

The NEXT-Buildings project focuses on 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... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, New Buildings

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. Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Sustainable energy solutions on district level, Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts

BUILDSMART

The purpose of BUILDSMART is to demonstrate and mainstream cost-effective technologies and methods in the design of buildings with very low energy consumption in different European climates, since energy consumption in buildings varies greatly throughout Europe due to differences in climate, socio-... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, New Buildings

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.

Smarter Together Site Lyon

Lyon is one of the lighthouse cities in the SMARTER TOGETHER project. The demonstration area in focus is Lyon-Confluence, one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in France (150 ha – 600 000 m² existing floor area – 1 million m² of new buildings) and an area of many urban innovations.

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BUILDSMART Site Malmö

The city of Malmö participated in the BUILDSMART project with the construction of four different types of new buildings – a hotel, office and two residential buildings – with a focus on their sustainability. The buildings are located in two areas of the city – Malmö Live, in central Malmö, and in the south-east part of the city, known as Hyllie.

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CITY-ZEN Site Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam has 825 000 residents from 180 different countries, who own over 600 000 bicycles. The wider Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has 2.1 million inhabitants. The city has a strong commitment to encourage green research, development and investment in sustainable initiatives. As a result, the area is enjoying a rapid uptake of electric transportation and a growing number of companies are developing sustainable products that influence global business. Amsterdam is exceptionally well connected, both physically and digitally.

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SINFONIA Site Innsbruck

The city of Innsbruck in Austria (120 000 inhabitants) defined its 2025 Energy Plan back in 2009. In this context, and as part of the SINFONIA project, 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 % to 50 % primary energy savings in the demo sites, and to increase by at least 30 % the share of renewables in the district’s energy mix.

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SINFONIA Site Bolzano

Since 2005, the Italian city of Bolzano (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 the SINFONIA project is part of this plan, and aims to achieve 40 % to 50 % primary energy savings in the demo sites, and to increase the share of renewables in the district of Bolzano SW (south-west) by 20 %.

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TRIANGULUM Site Manchester

The City of Manchester is one of 10 local authorities that make up the Greater Manchester conurbation, which has a total population of 2.73 million people and is the second largest economy in the United Kingdom. The innovation district, ’Oxford Road Corridor Manchester’, will be the focus of Triangulum’s activities in the city – a 2 km long spine that contains two of the UK’s largest universities and one of the largest medical research campuses in Western Europe, it generates nearly €3 billion, which makes up 20% of the city’s economic output.

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NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Amsterdam

Houthaven used to be a harbour and timber handling area, situated close to Amsterdam city centre, where many wood factories and related companies were located. After a long history of industrial activities, Houthaven is being transformed into a residential area. In total, seven islands are under development, providing space for 2 200 dwellings, 70 houseboats and 50 000 m2 facilities. In the NEXT-BUILDINGS project, 30 000 m2 of net zero-energy buildings were realised within Houthaven in the area named Blok 0.

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SMARTER TOGETHER

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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 will prepare the ground for large-scale replication and ensure an in-depth knowledge transfer about setting up of smart city business models and user-centric innovation in order to contribute to positive societal dynamics.

Triangulum

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The three point project Triangulum is one of the European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects, set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites. The flagship cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) serve as a testbed for innovative projects focusing on sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business opportunities.

SINFONIA

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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 50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts.