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GrowSmarter Report Summary

Project ID: 646456
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - GrowSmarter (GrowSmarter)

Reporting period: 2016-07-01 to 2017-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

GrowSmarter aims to transform cities for a smart, sustainable Europe. Three Lighthouse cities, Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona are cooperating with 25 industrial partners, implementing and testing 12 smart solutions related to low energy districts, integrated infrastructures and sustainable urban mobility. The five Follower cities Valetta, Suceava, Porto, Cork and Graz closely follow the Lighthouse cities to learn and identify solutions suitable for them. The Royal Institute of technology and IESE business school evaluates and validates the solutions for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas saving capacity, economic viability, economic impact and replicability. Knowledge is transferred through study visits and European workshops. The solutions contribute to solving city challenges and helping Europe Grow Smarter. For more information, visit the project website or follow us on Twitter @EUGrowSmarter.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP2 Low energy districts
In Stockholm, the refurbishment of the residential building BRF Årstakrönet is completed and the renovation has started in three out of six residential buildings in Valla Torg and in two tertiary buildings in Slakthusarea. Installations of the Home Energy Management System (HEMS); the Open Home Net and/or the Energy Savings Center are made.
In Cologne, the refurbishment of the first construction phase is finished. The second construction phase is underway and the third is starting. Battery storages, local renewable energy and heat pumps builds up the Virtual Power plant and smart meters contributes to energy savings in the buildings.
The refurbishment in two out of five residential buildings is completed in Barcelona, and has started in Ca l’Alier, the Hotel, the Sports center and Escola Sert where photovoltaic installation in the façade is planned. 70 HEMS and smart meters have been installed while 400 users have signed up for Virtual Energy Advisor platform. Two suitable blocks for local solar energy production in Clot Island have been selected and one of the photovoltaic systems with storage has been installed.

WP3 Integrated infrastructure
In Stockholm, the smart street lighting is completed and Internet of Everything is being installed. In Barcelona, seven smart towers have been deployed and an additional is planned. In Cologne, the process for tenants’ permission for Smart meters has started. A charging and lighting pole will be implemented. The Urban Traffic app, Urban Environment app and the Urban cockpit have been developed. In Barcelona, the GrowSmarter API has been deployed. The work with the urban model is almost completed. The development of a semi-automatic mapping tool is completed.

WP4 Urban mobility
The sustainable deliveries and smart traffic management solutions have been completed. The implementation of five fast charging stations in Barcelona and one in Stockholm is finalized. The first filling station for renewable fuels for heavy vehicles in the Stockholm area is installed. In Barcelona, the chargers for the tricycles are in place and the location of the CNG filling stations is awaiting official approval. In Cologne, the first out of 10 mobility stations was implemented. In Barcelona, sensors have been installed in three taxi stands and an app is being developed.

WP5 and WP6 Technical and economic evaluation
The evaluation plans have been developed and local evaluation strategies are developed by each partner.

WP7 Replication
Follower cities have updated their replication assessments and replication activities are underway.

WP8 Dissemination and communication
Workshops and study visits have been organised in the Lighthouse cities, and a series of fact sheets are published. Regular e-updates, press releases and articles are published. The project has been presented through 500 events and media activities.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

WP2 Low energy districts: The EnergyHub system is installed in residential buildings to optimize the electricity use through maximizing the investment in solar power. An adaptive technology for central control system for heating is provided generating a more stable indoor temperature and benefit better from internal loads and heating from the sun saving 10-15% energy. Heat losses from hot water circulation is cut with 50% (saving 50 kWh/m2) with the solutions implemented in the residential buildings at Valla Torg where technology cools down the air to -10°C and use the heat content of the condensed exhaust air humidity.
WP3 Integrated infrastructures: The installation of adaptive LED-lighting saves energy to 50%. Waste heat from Data Centres and Supermarkets feed into the district heating system. The installation of Internet of Everything in an event arena provides added value for lighting, parking, transport, maintenance in street environments as well as buildings.
WP4 Urban mobility: Refuelling stations for alternative fuelled heavy vehicles are being installed around the city.

New cooperation has led to smarter governance and many advantages, such as faster processing for building permits, are derived.
WP2 Low energy districts: A new business model with the Siedlungsmanagement software leads to an autonomous self-sustaining development for residents with the opportunity to influence their own energy consumption.
WP3 Integrated infrastructure: Cologne will expand the range of data by new sources and extend the existing platform by a new sustainable Urban Big Data Platform (UrbanPulse). UrbanPulse already follows the guidelines and policies of the upcoming European standard for open urban big data platforms. A new traffic app has been developed. A Smart Energy Solution enables to measure energy data every two seconds on device level.
WP4 Urban mobility: In Cologne, 10 mobility station are being installed. The mobility stations, car-sharing and smart parking serve to improve traffic flow.

WP2 Low energy districts: The implemented measures are pushing forward the City's advancements on sustainable neighborhoods and open government.
WP3 Integrated infrastructures: The developed SmartTower solutions provide new telecommunication micro-sites and advanced telecommunication services. The Smart Lighting System will allow the lighting management system to communicate with other applications such as traffic management and weather systems. This measure enables remote control of the lighting of the SmartTowers and improves energy efficiency. The Multiservice Concentrator (MSC) collects and uploads data from utility meters (electric, water, possibly gas) and city sensors to the integrated data platform. The data integration allows a global understanding of the actual state of things and the implications that changes can have on the rest of the connected urban system. Those applications that will be built on top of the semantic urban model will additionally be fully portable between cities.
WP4 Urban mobility: The mobility measures implemented and measured accelerates the validation of new forms of community implication in more sustainable mobility models, such as electric and shared mobility or multi-modal goods' transportation. Through the implementation of sensors at freight tricycles the knowledge on the contaminants is monitored throughout the city. The implementation of vehicle sensors at taxi stands increases the use of parking stations hence reducing the empty cruising for clients.

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