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Triangulum Report Summary

Project ID: 646578
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Triangulum (Triangulum: The Three Point Project / Demonstrate. Disseminate. Replicate.)

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 to 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Triangulum is one of seven current European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects (SCC1), set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for the future of urban development. As one of the first three project consortia, Triangulum combines the interdisciplinary experience and expertise of 22 partners from industry, research and municipalities, committed to develop and implement smart solutions. Three Lighthouse Cities, Eindhoven (NL), Stavanger (NO) and Manchester (UK) have become test-beds for urban interventions that intersect multiple sectors, achieving significant reductions in energy demand and local GHG emissions, while enhancing quality of life and providing a basis for economic growth and development. The project aims to develop flexible smart city modules, encompassing business models, technologies, and strategies of citizen engagement developed and tested in the Lighthouse Cities and replicated in the three Follower Cities, Leipzig (DE), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ES), to ensure impacts go far beyond the scope of the project, thereby making significant contributions to the European Smart Cities Initiative.

Objectives of the project include:
• A significant reduction in the energy consumption of buildings (>65%) with a total reduction of over 14 Mio KWh/a.
• A shift of at least 75% of the remaining energy demand to renewable energy sources.
• An increased utilisation of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in the districts significantly (by 100% in Eindhoven and Manchester with reference to 2014).
• The integration of intelligent energy management technologies to manage energy demand and renewable energy provision.
• The integration of energy and mobility supply and demand and smart appliances into an adaptive and dynamic ICT data hub, allowing for a broad range of value-added services and smart city applications.
• The fostering of co-creation and a bottom-up approach involving citizens – as users, inhabitants and occupants of the district – in the process of designing, implementing and participating in smart district development.

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

As a fundamental prerequisite for successful project implementation, much of the progress to date relates to the development of effective project and partner management structures, including a platform for communication and exchange and the necessary decision-making and coordination bodies. All Lighthouse Cities have completed Implementation Plans, developed as reference documents for organising timescales, lead partners and budgets and managing the deliverables across tasks. In addition, Technical Implementation Reports for each Lighthouse City containing financial, technical and structural details on the process throughout the first 12 months have been produced. A Smart City Replication Framework has been developed from a conceptual point of view through modification of the Morgenstadt Framework for assessing smart city development and its application for the initial on-site assessments of the three Lighthouse and three Follower Cities. Finally, a Cloud Data Hub tasked with managing data collected during the project has been piloted with data feeds from Stavanger, Manchester and Eindhoven.

In the Corridor (Manchester), a number of site surveys have been carried out to review data and understand the current efficiency potentials and energy management systems of the buildings on site and review all renewable energy assets in the area. All system control hardware for the Energy Optimisation Initiative has been ordered and delivered during the reporting period with construction of the control units underway. Four electric cargo bikes have been procured and are available for use by the partners via an online booking system. Manchester Metropolitan University has purchased two electric vehicles to be used as staff pool cars and two additional charge points have been installed on the campus. The vehicles are being monitored via the Nissan Carwings software to evaluate the business case. The University of Manchester has installed and configured the open data and service engine using OSI-soft, which allows the connection of sensor-based, operational data and data from individuals to enable real-time intelligence.

In Strijp S (Eindhoven) the piping which previously connected the buildings on to the gas fired production unit on the area’s edge has been changed and connected to the newly build combined heat and power (CHP) production facility utilising biomass. The existing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure has been connected to the ICT backbone to allow for data transfer. The concept for smart charging facilities and the information service system has been defined. The existing ICT networks managing current parking spaces have also been connected to the ICT backbone, allowing for further development in the area of mobility management. A first pilot of sound sensors with the purpose of detecting safety issues within the public spaces has been implemented within the smart lighting system and the ICT backbone.
In Eckart Vaartbroek a complex of 254 family homes was assigned to the project, which will undergo a bottom-up co-creational renovation process in the coming months. Energy efficiency measures will be implemented in at least 200 homes.
Eindhoven’s iCity Tender is currently open to the public for applications, challenging SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop innovative products and services that use the power and knowledge of the community and improve quality of life in the city.

In Stavanger, smart meters have been installed in 80 of 100 households. The design for the three electric buses to be delivered in the coming months has been defined through an artwork competition. A plan for the EV charging infrastructure has been developed, with smart chargers also installed in eight of the 80 test homes taking part in smart gateways module. A project using smart video services to improve healthcare provision is currently in its final stages, with prototype testing and a larger-scale testing together with healthcare workers currently in progress. Additionally, home displays have been mounted in a total of 70 demo houses equipped with gateways and home automation services, with real-time data from city buses and several houses already collected and stored in a database.

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)

Beyond the expected local impacts including significant emissions reductions, improved mobility, promotion of renewable energies and new channels of citizen participation, Triangulum is also influencing the strategic and governance processes in the Lighthouse, Follower and Observer Cities alike. In the cities Eindhoven, Prague, Leipzig and Sabadell in particular, the project has been mobilised around to create new actor constellations and shape strategic development. In Stavanger, the Nordic Edge Conference has evolved out of the Triangulum Project, also facilitating an important dialogue between European smart city actors. As an over-arching objective, the project seeks to develop a model for the replication of smart city solutions based on cost and benefit sharing for different stakeholders to maximise the dissemination and impact of the knowledge and innovation generated during the project. With implementation still being rolled out in the Lighthouse Cities, the true progress and potential impacts of Triangulum are yet to be seen.

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