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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.


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Business Models

In addition to the technical development of the iURBAN tools and their acceptance, the key project challenge, is to find sustainable business models in the given regulatory and business environments.

The definition and refinement of the use-cases has been done in close collaboration of the involved partners in the project, especially the utilities. To gain a better insight about the business potential of the use-cases, a market analysis was done to support the decision-making. This was to make sure that only the use-cases are selected that bear a high degree of business potential in the given market environment in the pilot cities. As a result, we have ranked the use-cases according to their potential and discarded some of them. The evaluation of the use-cases during the evaluation period will identify to which extent the selected business services will be sustainable.

Examples of business models

Potential SmartDSS benefit types for energy retailers

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Potential SmartDSS benefit types for stakeholders

Information: Measurement, collection and visualization of production and consumption
Optimizaton: Active balancing of production & consumption levels e.g. through demand-response
Transformation: Re-engineering of existing business processes & investment decisions

Potential SmartDSS benefit types for energy retailers

  Utility Municipality Third-Party Provider
Information Yes Yes Yes
Optimization Yes No Yes
Transformation Yes Yes No

Social and business dimensions in energy efficient districts: http://sustainable-places.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/WS09_Silvia_C.pdf

Presentation given at the Sustainable Places conference, September 16-18, 2015 at the University Campus of Savona, Italy.
Sustainable Places 2015 is an original initiative from the RESILIENT and PERFORMER FP7 European project consortiums, which received support from the European Commission, BUILD UP, ECTP–E2BA, EIP-SCC (Eu-smartcities), EUbusiness, and Ideal-ist.

Joint workshop on Social & Business dimensions in Energy Efficient Districts at the Sustainable Places Conference, Savona, Italy http://www.iurban-project.eu/m_stay-up-to-date/news/192-joint-workshop-on-social-business-dimensions-in-energy-efficient-districts-at-the-sustainable-places-conference.html


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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