Several exciting projects studying energy consumption are underway at IRIS Smart Cities’ Gothenburg based partner HSB a ‘living laboratory’ featuring 29 apartments and residents testing the latest developments in sustainable living. Since October 2018, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are testing their latest app helping residents organise and track their own energy use.
The municipality of Utrecht and the Utrecht company 'LomboXnet' will install at least 145 public charging stations for electric cars in 2019. These innovative charging stations are suitable for storing solar energy in the batteries of electric cars and delivering them back to the neighborhood. The charging stations thus offer both the possibility of charging a car and discharging future cars. This ‘Vehicle 2 Grid’ technology is one of Iris Smart Cities’ 16 targeted solutions creating smarter, more sustainable cities.
Interview with Martin Brynskov, Chairman of the board of Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC). Open & Agile Smart Cities is a pioneering group of data-savvy municipalities committed to improving everyday lives. In addition to numerous OASC activities, they and their members are integral to a game-changing new global initiative for ‘front runner’ smart cities between open API leaders FIWARE and global industry association TMForum.
Looking back over our first full year, IRIS Smart Cities is proving to be a dynamic collective, confident in its ability to deliver on a promise: to ‘make urban environments better places for citizens and the planet’. Project manager Roel Massink shares a few highlights…
In Riksbyggen's Housing Association (Brf) Viva in Gothenburg a unique system is being tested, where energy from solar cells on the rooftops of the buildings is stored in used electric bus batteries from Line 55. The energy storage creates flexibility in energy consumption and the power peaks of the buildings are cut. The energy storage also helps to streamline the surrounding power grid in the city. The project is a cooperation between Riksbyggen, Volvo, Göteborg Energi and Johanneberg Science Park.
Things are moving fast for the island’s capital, with announcements in November 2018 of 50 new electric vehicle recharging points, seven new electric buses and a bioclimatic building. Beyond announcements though, Santa Cruz is diligently working ensure these projects are taken up widely by citizens and create the ambitious economic and environmental sustainability desired.
In 2019, public transport company and IRIS-partner Qbuzz are making sustainable, zero-emission transport a reality!
The initiative promotes sustainable mobility and prioritises locations in the vicinity of health centers, shopping areas and training centers across the city
Utrecht, Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur and Gothenburg have all reinforced their commitment and global leadership in interoperable and scalable city solutions – becoming front-runners for collaboration between FIWARE and TMforum.
IRIS Smart Cities partners visited lighthouse city Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, France in October 2018 to finalise a busy first year focused on in-depth analysis of end-user, business, citizen and technical requirements for smart cities.