Project News

Posted: 17 Jul 2018

Metropolitan council gives green light to creation and operation of a heating and cooling network to serve Nice Méridia. It will be the first geothermal network of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, distributing more than 30 GWh to heat and cooling to the entire neighborhood with 80% renewables. Another first: the creation in parallel of a multi-energy smart grid offer, accompanying the energy optimisation of the eco-district. The developments part of Nice Côte d'Azur goal to reach a 32% share of renewables in its energy mix by 2030.

Posted: 14 Jun 2018

In IRIS Smart Cities flagship, Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur is proving essential to developing a string of near zero energy districts using the latest in smart grids, energy management and storage, data sensors and renewables – amongst other tech – generating a great deal of international interest from actors wishing to learn and replicate such initiatives around Europe and beyond.

Posted: 24 May 2018

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.

Posted: 23 May 2018

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.