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The iURBAN tool will address increasing market demands for cheaper, cleaner energy services. It is being designed with the direct involvement of end users - local residents, energy companies and public administration.

 

Workshops

Final iURBAN Workshops in Rijeka and Plovdiv in April 2016

Participating partners:
Fraunhofer ISE, ENERGO, Grad Rijeka, EVN TP, EAP
 
Dates:
April 2016
 
Location/Partner:
Rijeka (Croatia) / Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
 
Description of
workshop:

Mid April, iURBAN partners invited Plovdiv and Rijeka citizens and organisations to report their stories of what iURBAN means to them. For a period of 6 months, residential users were being equipped with a software tool to monitor energy consumption (Rijeka and Plovdiv) and to participate in demand response programmes for peak load shaving (Rijeka). Public users and companies were equipped with software solutions to monitor production and consumption and to review energy management for various buildings.
In an open discussions, users reported their experience and suggestions for further improvement. Here are some examples of what users had to say:
The municipality of Rijeka: The project allows the momentary defining of consumption and faster detection of problems, and thus faster accession to the elimination of the same.
Tracking consumption itself allows correction of our behavior as the end user in order to reduce energy consumption.
Sports facility: I use the system. It is transparent and all the feedback data are provided. It also provides successful control of the consumption of energy, so I can react promptly in case of any significant deviation from the normal, everyday consumption.
Residential user: I was pleased with the level of temperature control from a remote place and and I regularly used that possibility. The control system was working as expected.
During the test period there were a lot of technical flaws to application that were promptly dealed with due to the excellent response of the “support”.
Residential User: I have not been using the software, because of problem using the computer

 
Objectives of the workshop:
  • To make participants more familiar with the topic heating with gas and energy efficiency as well as introducing the iURBAN project to them
  • To exchange of gas using practices of people in their own homes
  • To gain a better understanding of their thoughts on possibilities to enhance energy efficiency with behavioural change and information and communication technology
  • To start discussing and outlining the motivating aspects that could trigger active changes in behaviour
  • Discussing which information and communication channels could support increasing their energy efficient behaviours in their every-day lives
Summary of results
/ decisions taken from
the workshop:

• In a co-working process, participants were able to report their experience and suggestions for further improvement
• The complete analysis will be available in July 2016. “ Author: Kristin Goldbach, Fraunhofer ISE – Working group: User behaviour and field trials

Plovdiv April 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plovdiv April 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rijeka April 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rijeka April 2
 

WP5 - lead user workshops with citizens of Rijeka

Participating partners:
Fraunhofer ISE, ENERGO, Grad Rijeka
 
Dates:
22/09/2014 - 23/09/2014
 
Location/Partner:
Rijeka (Croatia) / Municipality of Rijeka
 
Description of
workshop:
As a follow-up from the first session of workshops, iURBAN welcomed the same participants to discuss the development of the smart energy services the project intends to implement. Three workshops were undertaken with private heat customers, private gas customers and employees of public institutions. The citizens of Rijeka, the research institution Fraunhofer ISE, the energy provider ENERGO and the municipality (Grad Rijeka) gathered together to exchange, share project ideas and to work out creative ideas for smart energy services. The intention is that users by seeing and relating their energy consumption (and production) trigger behavioural change to achieve energy efficiency.
Participants expressed their opinions, suggestions and critiques about the smart energy services (use cases) the project team presented. Topics such as comprehensibility, functionalities and their visual representations in a software interface were analysed, discussed and evaluated. Part of the discussion was to consider application fields (when will users use the iURBAN tool, how many times, who will use it) as well as potential effects towards routine transformation (how does the information will be transferred in people’s daily lives, will it affect changing habits?).
 
 
Outcomes of the workshops:
Summary of results
/ decisions taken from
the workshop:
  • Participants welcomed to receive more transparent information about their energy consumption once it is easily displayed and is indicative of their energy behaviour
  • In a co-working process, participants were able to visually present their own ideas how energy information shall be displayed for the citizens of Rijeka
  • They wish to receive a benefit of changing their behaviour and demand simple and easy-to-use tools
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WP5 - lead user workshops with citizens of Rijeka

Participating partners:
Fraunhofer ISE, ENERGO, Grad Rijeka
 
Dates:
22/09/2014 - 23/09/2014
 
Location/Partner:
Rijeka (Croatia) / Municipality of Rijeka
 
Description of
workshop:
As a follow-up from the first session of workshops, iURBAN welcomed the same participants to discuss the development of the smart energy services the project intends to implement. Three workshops were undertaken with private heat customers, private gas customers and employees of public institutions. The citizens of Rijeka, the research institution Fraunhofer ISE, the energy provider ENERGO and the municipality (Grad Rijeka) gathered together to exchange, share project ideas and to work out creative ideas for smart energy services. The intention is that users by seeing and relating their energy consumption (and production) trigger behavioural change to achieve energy efficiency.
Participants expressed their opinions, suggestions and critiques about the smart energy services (use cases) the project team presented. Topics such as comprehensibility, functionalities and their visual representations in a software interface were analysed, discussed and evaluated. Part of the discussion was to consider application fields (when will users use the iURBAN tool, how many times, who will use it) as well as potential effects towards routine transformation (how does the information will be transferred in people’s daily lives, will it affect changing habits?).
 
 
Outcomes of the workshops:
Summary of results
/ decisions taken from
the workshop:
  • Participants welcomed to receive more transparent information about their energy consumption once it is easily displayed and is indicative of their energy behaviour
  • In a co-working process, participants were able to visually present their own ideas how energy information shall be displayed for the citizens of Rijeka
  • They wish to receive a benefit of changing their behaviour and demand simple and easy-to-use tools
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WP5 - lead use workshop with citizens of Plovdiv

Participating partners:
EVN, EAP, Franhofer
 
Dates:
23/04/2014 - 24/04/2014
 
Location/Partner:
Plovdiv, Bulgaria; hosted by EVN and EAP
 
Description of
workshop:
The concept for the Lead Users Workshops in the city of Plovdiv focused on three major groups of users: Lead Users (private), Early Majority (private), and Public Users and Prosumers (public). They were jointly organized by Franhofer, EVN and EAP representatives, and were carried out on April 23-24, 2014.

The first Lead User Workshop was visited by 8 lead users, i.e. people who are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of heating and modern technologies. They listened to an iUrban introduction presentation, and shared their energy profile through a group exercise. The input information facilitated a discussion over the advantages of having iURBAN software for monitoring one’s home energy as well as the possible improvements of the energy services provided by the local energy supplier. The lead users would suggest a number of functionalities towards the use cases and would argue of their potential to be developed further and presented to the wide public.

During the second day workshop, eight Early Starters were invited, i.e. people who are not involved much in heating issues and are not ICT-oriented. They were again shown to the iURBAN introduction presentation and had to present through a group exercise their energy profile. Their discussion focused much more on the advantages and disadvantages of the energy service provided, and took iUrban as an example of hardware and software technology that would eventually undo all the faults of the current energy system. The early majority would suggest improvement in the iURBAN use cases and some new functionalities.

The third stage of the iURBAN lead user workshops in the city of Plovdiv was presented through a series of interviews (23-28.04.2014) with public energy users and prosumers – 1 mayoralty, 2 prosumer kindergartens, and 2 PV prosumers. The interviews were carried out by representatives of EVN and EAP, and focused on the introduction of iURBAN and user expectations related to it. A significant step ahead during the interviews was a structure discussion over use cases and functionalities that the users would like to have in the iURBAN software. There outputs are valuable to the project as they shape the iURBAN software to the demands and necessities of the users.

 
Summary of results
/ decisions taken from
the workshop:
Outcomes of the workshops:
  • 2 private users workshops carrier out
  • 5 interviews with private users/prosumers were carried out
  • Documentation listing the possible use cases and functionalities wished by the users
  • iURBAN project clarified to the users
  • Eye-to-eye contacts between users and EVN and EAP representatives made
Materials Disseminated:
  • iURBAN presentation, 1-pagers, iUrban banner
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WP5 - lead use workshop: gas scenario

Participating partners:
Fraunhofer ISE, ENERGO, Grad Rijeka
 
Dates:
09/04/2014
 
Location/Partner:
Municipality of Rijeka (Croatia)
 
Description of
workshop:
A third lead user workshop was carried out in Rijeka at the beginning of April 2014. Residents from multi- apartment blocks and multi-story houses came together to discuss about their current gas usage practices in regards to heating their homes. The main part of the discussion was dealing with how residents of Rijeka can show more energy efficient behaviour for heating and which technological applications can support them.
 
Objectives of the workshop:
  • To make participants more familiar with the topic heating with gas and energy efficiency as well as introducing the iURBAN project to them
  • To exchange of gas using practices of people in their own homes
  • To gain a better understanding of their thoughts on possibilities to enhance energy efficiency with behavioural change and information and communication technology
  • To start discussing and outlining the motivating aspects that could trigger active changes in behaviour
  • Discussing which information and communication channels could support increasing their energy efficient behaviours in their every-day lives
Summary of results
/ decisions taken from
the workshop:
Outcomes of the workshops:
  • Exchange of opinions and information about gas practices, technological solutions and energy-efficient behaviour between the participants and project partners
  • Participants were enthusiastic to act in a more energy-efficient and rational way with their gas usage
  • They provided their own suggestions and ideas about technological solutions which would help change their behaviour (for example to use different prices that encourage people to use gas at certain times more than at other times).
Materials Disseminated:
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Project Fundings

eu-flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 608712
 

Project Coordination

  • Sensing & Control Systems S.L.

Contact Details

  • Project Coordinator: Dr. Narcís Avellana
  • Tel: +34 931 763 520
  • Technical Coordinator: Ing. Sergio Jurado
  • Tel: +34 931 763 521

Project Details

  • Timetable: October 2013 to September 2016
  • Total cost: 5,632,289€
  • EC funding: 3,849,958€
  • Instrument: STREP
  • Project Identifier: FP7-SMARTCITIES-2013-608712
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