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iURBAN at the BEHAVE 2016 Conference - 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency


Location: University of Coimbra, Portugal
Date: 8.&9.September 2016

The conference was held at the University of Coimbra and is jointly organised by the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra (EfS-UC) and the Portuguese Agency for Energy (ADENE), member of the European Energy Network (EnR).

iURBAN project was presented by Fraunnhofer ISE with the presentation and the paper titled “Changing behaviours for demand response in an eco-community” by authors: Kristin Goldbach, Antje Salup, Andrew Peacock, Edward Owens, Sebastian Gölz.

Research on behaviours associated with energy use plays a fundamental role to achieve more sustainable energy systems, in face of challenges such as security of supply, climate change and evolution to the smart grids. Behave 2016 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners involved in end-use energy efficiency to share recent research, new technological developments and best practices on understanding and influencing behaviour related to energy efficiency. The communications to be presented by more than two hundred participants cover a wide range of topics including instruments, interventions and evaluation of behaviour changes to promote sustainable energy behaviours, adoption and use of low carbon technologies, behavioural potential to facilitate the smart grid and demand response, end-use energy efficiency in buildings and organisations, behaviour in transport and mobility, behaviour integration into energy modelling, multidisciplinary approaches to energy behaviours, behavioural economics and energy policies for promoting behaviour change.

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iURBAN project paper in the final SBE16 Torino Conference Proceedings

Location: Italy, Turin
Date: 05.Aug.2016.


The final publication is a 19,4 MB pdf file of 566 pages, divided in the 10 topics of SBE16 Torino:

Paper in regards to iUrban works starts on the page 309.
The conference “Toward Post-Carbon Cities” - Sustainable Built Environment 2016 (SBE 2016 TORINO) was held in Turin on 18-19 February 2016.
SBE16 Turin was a part of the series of Conferences planned in different cities throughout the world in 2016 and 2017.
The objective of SBE16 Torino was to present new paradigms in the shift towards post-carbon cities, bringing together diverse experiences and perspectives, exchanged in a friendly workshop with a rigorous scientific approach.
The conference was organized under auspices of international conveners CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC and belongs to the Sustainable Built Environment regional conference series, leading towards the World Conference SBE17 Hong Kong.
Transition toward “post-carbon city” imposes new paradigms in the policy makers agenda.
It requires a burst in the carbon-dependency of our urban systems, which has lead to current high levels of greenhouse gases. There is the need for the establishment of new types of cities that are low-carbon as well as environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. In the current transition, new uncertainties and vulnerabilities of cities are emerging, that require an holistic evaluation approach and new integrated collaborative methods and tools with the aim at assisting urban planners, built environment stakeholders and policy makers in their efforts to plan, design and manage post-carbon cities.

Virtual Power Plant (VPP) development presented at the Sustainable Places Conference

Location: France, Anglet
Date: 29.06. – 01.07.2016

The Sustainable Places Conference, an annual event focusing on energy efficiency at building, district and city levels took place in Anglet, France gathering researchers and engineers around long-term environmental sustainability of ever-growing, densifying urban areas, in a resource-constrained world. 

The primary objective of “Sustainable places” is to group together actors from the EeB and smart grid value chains, in order to disseminate the achievements in both research and industrial settings, and facilitate cooperative development and sustainable deployment plans. Besides, “Sustainable places” aims to become a reference event, for stakeholders alike to access up-to-date information, assess outcomes from the most advanced research and innovation projects & initiatives, discuss possible synergies, and empower standards evolution.
Within a Session “Energy-Efficient Districts & Cities” Dr Michael Oates, IES presented Virtual Power Plant (VPP) development within the project Intelligent URBAn eNergy tool (iUrban).
In the context of this work the VPP is considered a high level design tool based upon load aggregation of near real-time metered energy demand and generation data at building/apartment levels. Selected data is aggregated up to city level, or user defined and selected levels such as district, neighbourhood, low voltage electricity network, district heating network etc.

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Conference paper (Development-of-a-Virtual-Power-Plant-VPP-prototype-and-case-studies-for-the-use-of-energy-balancing-across-cities.pdf)


ABEA Annual National Meeting

Location: Bulgaria, Hisarya
Date: 24-26.06.2016

The Energy Agency of Plovdiv presented the progress of iURBAN project to the energy experts in the Association of Bulgarian Energy Agencies at the ABEA annual meeting. The presentation was focused on the last technical set up of the prosumer systems and its effects on the production values. A discussion over the potential of the set up to improve the production was held.

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International survey results released in the report "Who should operate our Smart Energy City?"

Location: Freiburg, Germany, Fraunhofer ISE
Date: June 9th, 2016

Are you involved with Smart Energy Cities, or do you want to be? A new report from the iURBAN project offers beneficial insights you can use to transform your city more effectively, in the form of stakeholder competency profiles validated by a European survey of your peers. How prepared are you to lead this challenging transition in your own city?

Currently, many cities and their stakeholders are struggling with the still-evolving complexities of adapting to the service-oriented operation of smarter urban environments and energy markets. In order to support the more-effective development of Smart Energy Cities (SECs), one of iURBAN's German partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, led a survey across Europe in late 2015.

The research focused on the skillsets which institutions might need to successfully lead urban energy transitions. The report summarizes the insights gained from 167 expert respondents about the competencies expected of a SEC Operator. The primary conclusions, which have been narrowed down to five easy-to-follow points, represent valuable information to any stakeholder aiming for SEC operation.

Read on in order to discover a snapshot of common strengths and weaknesses, from which you can prepare your own institution for SEC operation.

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