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Rotterdam, Umea and Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Districts In Sustainable Energy Deployment

Periodic Reporting for period 3 - Ruggedised (Rotterdam, Umea and Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Districts In Sustainable Energy Deployment)

Reporting period: 2019-05-01 to 2020-04-30

RUGGEDISED is creating urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, and smart tools and services. It is showcasing economic viability to significantly increase cities' overall energy and resource efficiency through actions addressing the energy systems, mobility, climate change, water and air quality.

The lighthouse cities (LHCs) in the project are Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Glasgow (Scotland/United Kingdom) and Umeå (Sweden). The fellow cities, Brno (Czech Republic), Parma (Italy) and Gdansk (Poland), will develop replication plans based on the LHCs’ smart solutions.

The project provides impacts related to replicability, socio-economics, environment, market transformation and policy.

Replicability: Each LHC has partners from the ‘triple helix’ on board to ensure that good experiences are generated in the lighthouse districts will be up-scaled to other parts of the city, region or country. The fellow cities will have defined concrete plans for replication of solutions by the end of the project.

Socio-economics: The outcomes of the project will benefit directly more than 200,000 citizens from a total of 1.3 million residents in the cities. It is estimated that the implementation of the project mobilizes investments of about 1 billion EUR and a total of >1,900 new jobs. The project aims to have a significant impact on the energy cost for citizens and to address energy poverty. Environment: The LHCs will increase the energy efficiency on district level by 20 to 60% depending on the specific case.
To provide a learning and exchange platform between LHCs, three Liaison groups on “hardware”, “software” and “orgware” were established and several intensive workshops took place to discuss pressing issues and challenges between practitioners and experts.


In Rotterdam, the developments of the smart solutions of RUGGEDISED follow the developments of the area development in the Heart of South. Most of the solutions have been implemented now, with the exception of the smart thermal grid solutions that were temporarily put on hold due to the corona outbreak.
In Umeå, all solutions have been implemented and are currently being monitored. Within Glasgow, several solutions were not able to progress due to the corona outbreak.

Monitoring has started up within the third reporting period and is well underway for most of the implemented solutions. The monitoring Work Package is in close (bilateral) contact with each of the Lighthouse cities to discuss progress and possible issues that arise).

Within the upscaling Work Package, further workshops have been held in the LHC’s and to understand the baseline condition of internal collaboration structures in the LHC’s, to which the Innovation platforms are built on. Travel restrictions due to corona have caused delays within the Work Package.

The Fellow Cities have all established effective local governance groups that show a strong commitment in carrying on and steering smart city’s activities and initiatives. In all cases, they have been set up and structured in such a way as to survive the numerous political elections.
Concerning the long-term strategy and planning, all Fellow cities have just started a participatory foresight process aimed at defining a medium-long term vision.
As for the actual replication activities, the three cities are in different stages: in Brno, the district where the smart solutions will be applied has been identified and a masterplan for the district has been finalised. Gdansk and Parma have already identified a list of solutions to replicate as well as the implementation sites. In Parma, procurement for a number of these solutions is already underway. The specific events foreseen in WP7 will contribute to enforce the replication process by giving opportunities to cities to gather knowledge and share expertise and experiences.

Dissemination and communication
Communication has continued using communication channels established in the earlier periods, such as the project website, social media, videos, tri-annual blog updates and e-updates, scientific publications and news in the media. Citizen and stakeholder engagement at the local level is on-going in various ways.
RUGGEDISED project will provide significant impacts in the following areas: Replicability, Socio-economics, Environment, Market Transformation and Policy. The main expected impact from the Lighthouses and Fellow cities are as following:

At the end of the project, Rotterdam aims to connect all buildings to the thermal and to the electrical grid and to have all energy data from these grids, and also data from the other solutions, managed by the Central Energy and Data Management System and visualized in the 3D City model of Rotterdam.

An expected result in Umeå is a Letter of Memorandum to confirm the cooperation leading to the continue reduction of CO2-reduction, including the action plan for the development toward the 100% renewable energy supply. The work with the ICT-solutions have resulted in the discovery of new and innovative uses of the demand side management system, for example safety and facility service. New discoveries regarding the energy optimization of the electric buses of Umeå, have resulted in the design of a smart real-time information at the new BRT-bus stop.

Glasgow expects, by the end of the project, to be able to demonstrate effective measures that will relieve pressure on existing infrastructure by controlling the impact of increasing electrification of transport; increase the availability of EV charging infrastructure for those working and living within the project district; alleviate from fuel poverty for residents in the district through the use of battery technology and renewable energy connected to a smart grid system; and develop a data based decision platform that will enhance decision making in the city from both bottom up and top down approaches and be demonstrated through use-cases.

For the Fellow cities, the objective is to create capacity and generate knowledge in and for the LHC’s to enable upscaling of the smart solutions in the demo WP’s. By mid-term of the project, most of the analytical tasks will be completed, after which the integration of knowledge into the Innovation Platforms will intensify. By the end of the project, the ambition is to have formed an innovative organisational capacity in order to implement smart solution schemes in a city scale.