On Wednesday 23 May Utrecht witnessed a European first: 20 full electric vehicles got charged with solar power – simultaneously and after sunset. The event took place at the parking lot of the Jaarbeurs. The Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen was present, together with the Secretary of State Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate). Both spoke approvingly, as the surrounding press and visitors got a peak at the energy system of the future.
Since their inception in the 1990s, smart cities have only increased in popularity with the market expected to touch the $2 trillion mark by 2025. Smart city solutions are in part driven by factors such as increased urbanisation and climate change. While there is no doubt that ‘smartness’ fosters efficient cities, in his book Leading the inclusive city, Hambleton argues there is scant evidence to prove this very smartness is also building more inclusive cities.
An innovative solar energy grid that always matches supply and demand is at the heart of IRIS partner LomboXnet and Utrecht’s wider electric mobility vision.
Clearly identified solutions with proven performance in Europes leading smart cities looking to boost urban environements and stimulate the marketplace for sustainable tech.
The world of business has long recognised that attracting new customers may be rewarding, but involves a lot of hard work and expense. The same can be said for tempting cities and citizens to make a significant jump toward sustainable technologies and behaviours. So how can we make it easier? A group of seven European cities has started their hunt for answers…
This week Gothenburg in Sweden will host an international project meeting gathering all participants of the EU initiative IRIS Smart Cities. The project, of which Gothenburg is one of three Lighthouse cities, aims to develop and replicate smart solutions for European cities to become increasingly energy efficient, sustainable and attractive for their inhabitants. The meeting will be held within walking distance of several of the testbed areas used in the project
IRIS Gothenburg partners Metry and Riksbyggen have entered into a nationwide agreement across Sweden, where 3,300 housing associations within Riksbyggen will have access to comparable energy statistics through Metry's platform for digital energy statistics. "The quality and efficiency we see through the automatic collection of energy statistics can now be used by the whole of Riksbyggen", says Lars-Johan Lindberg, energy engineer at Riksbyggen.
The foundation stone of the Palazzo Meridia building located in the eco-district of Nice Meridia was laid Friday, January 12, 2018, in the presence of the management of Nexity and its partners.
The Palazzo Meridia will be delivered in December 2018 after 12 months of work and will be the highest wooden office building in France: 35 metres high, with 9 storeys and a total surface of 7,800 square metres.
The IRIS Gothenburg demonstration site at Campus Johanneberg features a third generation living lab where residents are a committed part of researching and designing the housing of the future. Inaugurated in 2016, this unique environment to test sustainable living is a collaboration between the science park, Chalmers University and HSB Living Lab.
The European Innovation Partnership of Smart Cities (EIP-SCC) recently spoke with Utrecht digital strategist Pieter in ’t Hout and IRIS project coordinator Haye Folkertsma get insights on the city’s civic engagement practices. Here’s what they had to say:
“Citizen engagement is primordial to the IRIS project: Utrecht wants to be a socially inclusive city, with citizens in the driver’s seat. Only by means of co-creation with citizens, inclusive, user-driven city infrastructures and services can be achieved.