We are delighted that the iURBAN Open Access book is published online, both the PDF version as well as the version for online reading.
With the intent to create an impact that will last beyond the end of the project the consortium decided to publish a book. A book entitled “iURBAN: Intelligent Urban Energy tool” has been developed just after the end of the project with the River Publishers.
Consortium iURBAN members as well as external experts were invited to make a contribution to this book by writing a chapter. An editor note written by the editorial team Narcis Avellana, Alberto Fernandez and Sofia Aivalioti acknowledged the iURBAN project and the European Commission funding.
River Publishers is an international publisher that publishes research monographs, professional books, handbooks, edited volumes and journals with focus on key research areas within the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). River Publishers books are indexed in Web of Science Book Citation Index (BkCI).
Date: October 2016
iURBAN has been featured in the October 2016 issue of the EU-Research Magazine.
Research*eu results magazine features highlights from the most exciting EU-funded research and development projects. It is published 10 times per year in English and covers Biology and medicine, social sciences and humanities, energy and transport, environment and society, IT and telecommunications, Industrial technologies and Space.
Enjoy your reading! http://cordis.europa.eu/research-eu/magazine_en.html
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.
iURBAN project paper in the final SBE16 Torino Conference Proceedings
Location: Italy, Turin
The final publication is a 19,4 MB pdf file of 566 pages, divided in the 10 topics of SBE16 Torino: http://sbe16torino.org/proceedings/
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.
The special issue of newDist: SBE16 Towards Post-Carbon Cities, "SBE16TO_proceedings.pdf?" - Download
iURBAN at the BIS 2016 - 19th International Conference on Business Information Systems
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Date: 6-8 July 2016
During the workshop on current research efforts targeting the development of innovative tools and methods for intelligent data analysis authors Stefan Reichert and Jens Strüker, University of Freiburg (ALU-FRA) presented a paper : “Assessment of Business Benefits for the Operation of a Smart City Energy Management Platform “
The BIS conference is a well-respected event joining international researchers to discuss the wide range of the development, implementation, application and improvement of business applications and systems. It is addressed to the scientific community, people involved in the development of business computer applications, consultants helping to properly implement computer technology and applications in the industry.
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.
The survey report "Who should operate our Smart Energy City?" - Download
iURBAN project will be presented at the 9th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’16)
Goelz Sebastian and Kristin Goldbach from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany) have submitted an abstract for presentation and proceedings under a name :
Gölz and Goldbach, 2016: Increase of efficiency impacts by goal-orientation-based user segmentation
Sebastian Gölz will be presenting on the 18 March, 2pm (Session 11.a Monitoring III).
Urban areas are a key destination to reduce CO2 emissions in a cost-effective manner. To enhance building energy performances at district and urban level the EU-funded project iURBAN tests an ICT tool which addresses increasing market demands for cheaper, cleaner energy services by targeting on behavioral change. While previous interventions report challenges to motivate users to engage actively, this paper presents research on the psychological factors to address users according to their prevalent goals. As goals are considered an important predictor and thus motivator of behaviour, this research identifies specific goals for two consumer segments. Empirical evidence draws on six lead user focus group discussions in the two European cities, Rijeka (Croatia) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria). We conclude that the two segments carry a set of multiple and different goals towards smart energy tool usage. The energy citizen persona which is highly motivated and interested to save energy can be engaged by approaching the goals: learning, mastery, energy savings, financial savings and control. In contrast, the energy consumer, who lacks general interest and responsibility, will participate if financial rewards, guidance and user-friendly tools are provided. The paper discusses the empirical data with strategies to integrate the social scientific findings with technological solutions to provide personalised approaches for behavioural change.
iURBAN project is showcased in the Green Digital Charter collection of best practices
This publication gathers implemented actions associated with green digital developments and planned actions in key policy domains.
Innovative solutions related to buildings, energy, green ICT, street lighting, transport, e-participation, waste management, and cross-domain are presented.
Each city profile includes relevant web links and contact information.
The Green Digital Charter is a political declaration committing cities to working together to deliver on the EU climate objectives
through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). It promotes progress in tackling climate change and improving
the quality of life in cities through the innovative use of digital technologies. In addition to a range of statements and objectives, the
charter contains three specific commitments. Signatory cities agree to:
• work with other Green Digital Charter signatories on ICT and energy efficiency
• deploy five large-scale ICT for energy efficiency pilots per city within five years from the charter’s signature
• decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within ten years from signature
• Already signed by 50 major European cities, the charter is open to local authorities regardless of the stage of
• implementation of their
• energy and climate policies.
For more information on the Green Digital Charter:
Green Digital Charter collection of best practices: http://www.greendigitalcharter.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FINAL-GDC-CaseStudies.pdf
iURBAN project has been featured in the 1st issue of Smart Up magazine
Smart Circle is a new initiative aimed at all subjects and theme’s regarding smart, technological solutions such as Mobility, Energy, Health, Data, Technology, City, Lighting, Renewables.
The Smart Circle’s mission is to bring together a diversity of international stakeholders regarding smart technologies.
“Smart Up magazine is an online magazine about the latest trends, the smartest hotspots, the newest novelties, but also the place where you can get inspired by the greatest innovators.”