+CityxChange has just secured EU Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities funding for a €30 million project. As consortium partners, GKinetic are included in the 11 enterprises, 9 SMEs, 3 non-profit organisations and 2 universities that will be led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the development of smart positive energy cities across Europe. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
+CityxChange received €20 million from the Horizon 2020 programme and a further €10 million from partners. The 5-year project will kick off in January 2019 and will implement the use of digital services to create more sustainable communities in two lighthouse cities, Limerick, Ireland and Trondheim, Norway along with other EU partner locations including: Alba Iulia, Romania; Pisek, Czech Republic; Sestao, Spain; Smolyan, Bulgaria and Voru, Estonia. The application was received well and applauded by the European Commission for making moves toward creating a more sustainable Europe. Demonstrations, including the deployment of a tidal energy turbine in Limerick will be rolled out over the 5 years while heavily involving the local community and governments, which is highlighted as an important part of the project process.
"This is amazing news. We have great expectations for what we can achieve in this collaboration", says Annemie Wyckmans, project coordinator for + CityxChange and Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
For the next five years, the cities of Trondheim, Limerick, Alba Iulia, Písek, Sestao, Smolyan and Võru will experiment on how to become smart positive energy cities, that use digital services to improve quality of life for and together with all of their citizens, generate more energy than they consume, and exchange experiences with cities across Europe to learn faster, together.
Under the leadership of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, these seven cities will develop and test new solutions together with an impressive list of 11 large enterprises, 9 SMEs, 3 non-for-profit organisations and 2 universities, covering the entire value chain: IES R&D, Powel AS, University of Limerick, Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Future Analytics Consulting, Research2Market Solutions, ISOCARP, TrønderEnergi AS, ABB Norway, AtB, AVIS Budget Group, Statkraft Varme AS, ESB Innovation RoI Ltd, ESB Networks, Ove Arup & Partners SAU, FourC AS, R.Kjeldsberg, Smart MPower, Space Engagers, Colaborativa, Officinae Verdi, IOTA Foundation, NHP Eiendom, and GKinetic Energy Ltd.
The independent experts evaluating the proposal commend +CityxChange for demonstrating and substantiating actions that will contribute to the wide-scale roll-out of Positive Energy Districts across Europe, with a convincing approach to make local governments an active and integral part of the energy solution, engaging citizens in the city transformation, and involving the entire district energy value chain, extending to high level policy makers and cities, universities, large enterprises, distributed network operators, SMEs, and non-profit organisations.
Expected project start is 1 January 2019.
Source: GKinetic Energy and +CityxChange
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