Sustainable Places 2014 took place in Nice, on October 1-3, 2014 focusing on energy efficiency at building, neighbourhood, district and city levels. It covered research and innovation projects and initiatives across the construction value chain.
The event included 2 thematic sessions, 2 technical sessions, 1 workshop organized by the European Commission DG Connect on energy efficient buildings KPI’s, 6 project workshops, the EuropIA.14 colloquia, a visit of the European business & innovation centre of Nice Côte d’Azur, and a sightseeing tour in Nice. 120 delegates, coming from Europe and other regions of the world attended the event.
This open research forum turned out to be a key opportunity for delegates to access up-to-date information, assess outcomes from the most advanced research and innovation projects, discuss possible synergies, and envision possible standards evolution.
iURBAN was presented during a joint workshop with other 7 EU projects in the field of smart cities/districts on topics including data models, user/stakeholder involvement, business models and evaluation framework.
The workshop was intended to show synergies/similarities among the different projects. iURBAN generated a lot of interest on all the topics but especially on user engagement and business models. We had a lot of questions and requests for contact.
• AMBASSADOR’s ultimate goal is to study, develop and experiment with systems and tools aimed at optimising energy usage in the perimeter of a district. These tools will manage energy flows; predicting and mastering energy consumption and production.
• iURBAN, whose aim is to create and test energy services in two European cities( Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Rijeka in Croatia) through the development of a smart decision support system
• URBGRADE, which will create a Decision Support tool in the cloud to allow city authorities and utilities to improve the performance of the district in terms of energy efficiency, economic savings and citizen comfort. It has three pilots, Eibar, Kalundborg and Barcelona
• SmartKYE project objective is to develop a system for the future smart grid neighbourhood that will enable better business decisions to be made based on real-time fine-grained data. Two pilots, Barcelona and Creta
• BESOS project proposes the development of an advanced, integrated, management system which enables energy efficiency in smart cities from a holistic perspective. Two pilots, Barcelona and Lisbon.
• INDICATE: It will develop a cloud based decision support tool for the dynamic assessment of the interactions between buildings, RET’s and ICT’s. Potential to be used by people such as city planners, private planners, energy managers, utilities etc.
• Cityopt mission is to optimize energy systems in Smart Cities. The project will create a set of applications and related guidelines that support efficient planning, detailed design and operation of energy systems in urban district.
• READY4SmartCities project intends to increase awareness and interoperability for the adoption of ICT and semantic technologies in energy system to obtain a reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emission at smart cities.
Workshop presentation: http://sustainable-places.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SMARTCITIESWORKSHOP.-SP14.pptx