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mySMARTLife Report Summary

Project ID: 731297
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - mySMARTLife (Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy)

Reporting period: 2016-12-01 to 2018-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"The main objective of mySMARTLife is the development of an Urban Transformation Strategy to support cities in the definition of transition models as a suitable path to reach a high level of excellence along its development process while addressing the main city needs and challenges. The main instrument is the Advanced Urban Planning, an integrated approach of the planned city interventions on the basis of a rigorous impact assessment, active citizen engagement and a structured business approach from the city business model perspective.
This Urban Transformation Strategy is being deployed for lighthouse cities and for follower cities. The lighthouse cities will implement a set of actions through which they will validate technological and non-technical models leading to major city impacts. The technical actions are focused on transforming the energy and mobility model from a sustainable perspective. ICT solutions will support improvements on urban planning management, urban infrastructures operation and will provide physical tools to measure performance in the energy and mobility fields, while promoting the deployment of services for citizens. The non-technical actions aim at achieving a higher level of implementation of the smart people and smart economy concepts. Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland) are the three lighthouse cities, and Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) the follower cities.
mySMARTLife in Nantes
The ""Ile de Nantes"" (Island of Nantes) is the demonstration area, that is divided into three zones with different objectives where the 47 mySMARTLife actions are carried out:
Zone 1 (new buildings area in Île de Nantes). Construction of new buildings, including the connection to the high performance district heating. Project actions include a carbon neutral multimodal concept including RES production and storage, smart energy systems and ""soft"" mobility services, the integration of innovative digital boilers and smart public lightning concept. Furthermore, a new multimodal concept will be implemented, including RES, smart energy systems and ""soft"" mobility services such as smart power management, smart charging and rental services.
Zone 2 (retrofitting area in Île de Nantes). A multi-owner residential building will be retrofitted, including façades, roof insulation, connection to district heating and an integration of RES managed through a power management system together with an innovative financing instrument. Energy retrofitting in individual houses, comprising insulation of attics and walls, smart thermostats and hybrid solar thermal and photovoltaic system.
Zone 3 (district-city level), with a focus on mobility and infrastructure actions. 20 new XXL e-buses, nearly 80 charging stations, optimisation of the district heating operation, smart metering and public lighting will be realised, together with a new Urban Data Platform. Citizen solar projects and multi owner building retroffitting projects will be facilitated through two web-based platforms.
mySMARTLife in Hamburg
The borough of Bergedorf is the demostrantion area, with 3 zones:
Zone 1 (new construction area “Schleusengraben”). More than 1,400 new residential units will be built. They will be above national energy efficiency standards, with smart controls and connection to an innovative low-energy district heating mainly based on RES. Also, new smart adaptive lighting for bicycle routes will be implemented.
Zone 2 (“Bergedorf-Süd”). Retrofitting area where an innovative concept of independent Smart Heating Islands mainly based on RES and a humble lamppost initiative are foreseen.
Zone 3 (entire borough of Bergedorf). Here, 10 electrical buses, a total of 40 e-cars and 50 e-bikes for public and private fleets are planned as well as e-bus charging stations at the bus depot, several fast charging stations and a set of private stations for e-cars, all supplied with energy stemming to 100% from RES. Multi-m"

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

Achievements During the first 18 months of execution:
- City audits. Complete review of the current status of the 3 lighthouse and 3 follower cities as starting point of their urban transformation strategy.
- Demonstration. Some activities have been put in place in, such as the roll-out of 12,000 smart meters in Nantes, the e-vehicles fleet for Hamburg and the autonomous e-bus in Helsinki, to name a few.
- Open Specifications Framework. A detailed definition of the Open Specifications framework for the developments related in the Urban Platforms has been also released.
- Evaluation. A first release of the Evaluation Framework, based on a set of city-level and project-level indicators to support the assesment of the actions demonstrated in the lighthouse cities.
- mySMARTLife Cities Network. This network, composed by 16 cities, has been launched during this period. Participant cities will be informed and linked to the project evolution, gaining from the insights acquired by mySMARTLife participant cities.
- Exploitable Results. Regarding Exploitation, the Exploitable Results of the project have been identified in a series of internal workshops.
- Visual Identity. Many communication and dissemination activities have been developed. The visual identity of the project is ready and a lot of dissemination material is also finalised (website, postcard, multitouch screen with the rest of SCC-1 projects), etc.
- Collaboration. mySMARTLife has signed the Collaboration Framework of lighthouse projects Manifesto twice. The first time in Nottingham and the second time in Lisbon, where the latest three projects funded joined the initiative.

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)

Progress beyond SoTA
- No relevant advances in first period
Expected Results (to be updated in next period)
-Demonstration of innovative solutions in the fields of Energy, Mobility and ICT (Urban Platforms)
-Innovative Urban transformation Strategy based on the Smart People, Smart Economy and Capacity Building Concepts
-Open Specifications framework
-Replication plan for the follower cities
Expected Impact (to be updated in next period)
-Large reduction of Energy consumption in the lighthouse cities
-Implementation of 150 smart actions approx. in the lighthouses

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