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Periodic Reporting for period 4 - GrowSmarter (GrowSmarter)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31

GrowSmarter brought together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how the solutions work in practice. The Lighthouse cities together with industrial partners implemented and evaluated the solutions for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas saving capacity, economic viability and economic impact and replicability.

3 Lighthouse cities
GrowSmarter aimed to stimulate city uptake of the ‘smart solutions’ using the three Lighthouse cities Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona to show how 'smart solutions' work in practice. The solutions were tested in 3 different city areas – representative for many European cites: downtown city district, inner city suburb about to be densified and a former industrial/business area which is being partly turned into a residential area.
Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona selected a site in their city where the 12 smart solutions were rolled out. The three Lighthouse cities hosted free of charge study visits and European workshops, which provided opportunities to see the technological applications of the smart solutions and meet the 25 industrial partners in GrowSmarter.

Targets and evaluation
The scope of the project was to:
• demonstrate and validate 12 economically and environmentally sustainable integrated smart solutions;
• foster collaboration between cities, businesses and academia to transform the smart solutions into business models to be rolled out across Europe;
• improve the quality of life for European citizens, reduce environmental impact and create sustainable economic development.

The demonstrations in the Lighthouse cities were not the primary aim, but a means to contribute to solving city challenges and create validated business cases to initiate a market roll out of the smart solutions to Follower cities, and to the rest of the European market, thus helping Europe Grow Smarter.
The 12 solutions were designed to meet the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental concerns. Targets related to climate change, energy usage, transport emissions and jobs were set as part of the evaluation.

Knowledge replication
Knowledge exchange and transfer was a key to the success of GrowSmarter. The five Follower cities Valletta, Suceava, Porto, Cork and Graz closely followed the Lighthouse cities to learn from their experiences and to identify measures suitable for their specific local context. As part of the project, they developed a smart city replication plan tailored to their local needs.

Project duration and funding
The GrowSmarter project received funding of €25 million from the European Commission’s ‘Smart cities and communities’ Horizon2020 research and innovation programme. The GrowSmarter project worked closely together with the other Lighthouse projects to maximise the impact and exchange of experiences. GrowSmarter kicked off on 1 January 2015 and ended 31 December 2019. For more information, visit the project website or follow us on Twitter @EUGrowSmarter.
WP2 Low energy districts
WP2 implemented measures to lower the environmental impact of the existing building stock through energy efficient measures. A total of 123,000m2 of building surface was retrofitted to improve energy performance. Energy consumption visualization platforms raised awareness among citizens. Buildings were connected to local district heating and cooling networks, and equipment for on-site renewable electricity production was installed with advanced software.

WP3 Integrated infrastructure
WP3 implemented measures ranging from smart lighting, lampposts and traffic posts as hubs for communication and electric charging, to smart meter information analysis and actuators, smart waste collection as well as big consolidated open data platforms, including the integration of sensor data and heterogeneous data.

WP4 Urban mobility
WP4 implemented measures that aim to enable and promote the adoption of smart and sustainable mobility solutions. The measures included smart building logistic and alternative-fuelled vehicles, sustainable delivery, smart traffic management, alternative fuel-driven vehicles for de-carbonising and better air quality, and smart mobility solutions.

WP5 and WP6 Technical and Economic Evaluation
Technical and economic evaluations and validation have been completed based on data delivered by the project partners.

WP7 Replication
Capacity building workshops were carried out in each Follower City. These focused on the potential replication of smart solutions of interest to each of the Follower Cities.

WP8 Dissemination and communication
Seven European workshops and ten study visits were held. The project has published press releases on a regular basis, and each month the website receives over 5,000 unique visitors.
WP2: Condominia BRF Årstakrönet was first to have the European Innovation Award winning EnergyHub system installed by L&T. L&T also provided an adaptive technology for a central control system for heating with 10-15% energy savings. Measures to reduce hot water circulation losses were implemented, and innovative heat pump technology was tested at Valla Torg. Waste heat from a data centre provided heat to the GrowSmarter tertiary buildings and other buildings in the region.
WP3: Adaptive LED-lighting at Valla Torg reduced energy use by more than 30%. The installation of Internet of Everything in an event arena provides added value for lighting, parking, transport, and maintenance. IBM and the City of Stockholm are testing a secure process of gathering camera-based sensor data.
WP4: Refuelling stations for alternative fuels were installed. Another innovation in logistics is the delivery room, which provides improved parcel delivery service.

WP2: RheinEnergie will create a new business model with the Siedlungsmanagement software, which leads to an autonomous, self-sustaining development for communities that automatically optimizes all energy systems in a neighbourhood.
WP3: Cologne installed a new sustainable Open Urban Big Data Platform (OUP) called UrbanPulse developed by [ui!], able to handle real-time data. New urban data sources were integrated to the OUP and published on the data catalogue platform.
WP4: Ten mobility stations were installed, and Cologne has adopted a masterplan to upscale the solution across the city. The mobility stations, car-sharing and smart parking serve to offer integrated mobility solutions to residents and encourage modal shift from cars. The concept of mobility stations has now been integrated into the standard city planning and permitting procedures.

WP2: The measures implemented are pushing forward the City's advancements in neighbourhood sustainability as well as transparent and inclusive governance.
WP3: The SmartTower solution provides new telecommunication micro sites and sensors. The API implemented for the Smart Lighting System communicates with other applications. The Multiservice Concentrator collects and uploads data from utility meters and sensors to the data platform, which can improve resource utilization.
WP4: Microdistribution has reduced the CO2 emissions and reduced the energy consumed. Smart taxi stands have helped increase the use of parking stations and reduce the empty cruising for clients. Fast EV charging stations have been installed.
Overview of Smart Sollutions in GrowSmarter
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12 smart solution illustrated
Cube illustrationg the Smart cities and the solutions