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stavanger

City of Stavanger, Norway

The Stavanger region is the energy capital of Europe; it holds the European status as smart city lighthouse (among only nine cities in Europe) and is the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster on welfare technology. Further, the region has a high level of digital service development and provision, due to its high speed digital infrastructure (more and more commonly 1GB in/out in households).

Eindhoven Triangulum

City of Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven is the centre of the “Brainport Region”, today one of the three top economic engines of The Netherlands, delivering about 14% of the national GDP. The Dutch consortium consists of five partners: VolkerWessels, Woonbedrijf, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, KPN and the Municipality of Eindhoven.

manchester

City of Manchester, UK

With a total population of 2.6 million People, it accounts for the second largest economy in the UK. Industry sectors such as business services, ICT, digital and biomedical sciences are key to economic growth in Greater Manchester in terms of new investment, job and GVA creation. Manchester is the economic powerhouse of the North West region of England.

Leipzig Triangulum

City of Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in the heart of Germany with approximately 550,000 inhabitants (2014). After years of population decline and an above-average unemployment rate, Leipzig started to regain popularity during the last years and is successfully turning from a post-industrial into a modern, knowledge-based economy.

Prague Triangulum

City of Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most attractive and successful regions within Central Europe. The combination of its rich cultural and historical heritage and its unique architectural and urbanistic value creates a phenomenon even on a global scale. Prague is the home and everyday living space for approximately 1.27 million inhabitants and concentrates approximately 12% of the Czech population. Prague generates approximately 1/4 of the national GDP and is approximately 50% above the national average in GDP per capita. Major universities and a number of research institutes (2/3 of public research institutions) are to be found in Prague, as well as the majority of businesses active in research and development.

Sabadell Triangulum

City of Sabadell, Spain

Sabadell is a Spanish City of 207,540 inhabitants (2014) and 37.87 km2, located in Catalonia (Spain). It belongs to Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region, where 68% of the Catalan population lives. In 2012 Sabadell pioneered the introduction of a Smart City programme in a structured, comprehensive and systematic approach complementing the implementation of new technologies for urban management. These measures included an increased level of 30% of LED installation in public lighting, of 13% of pneumatic waste collection, a 90% reduction of irrigation of parks and gardens and the implementation of remote management systems of air conditioning in 59 municipal buildings.

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Energising Manchester – A Celebration of the work Triangulum in Manchester

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Manchester has set ambitious Zero Carbon 2038 objectives and recently announced a Climate Emergency. Funded from the EC Horizon 2020 programme, over the past five years the Triangulum project has developed, deployed and tested a suite of projects focused on low energy districts, integrated infrastructures and sustainable urban mobility in Manchester to help the city achieve its low carbon goals.

Manchester City Council, Siemens, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and SME partner Pixel Mill Digital have worked together to target a series of impacts: reduced energy consumption of buildings, increased use of renewable energies, increased use of electric vehicles, deployment of intelligent energy management technologies and an ICT data hub. Here’s a snapshot:

– Photovoltaic panels and an electrical energy storage solution managed by a microgrid controller at MMU, using energy from the grid when costs are low or from the battery when high.

– An innovative central controller that works alongside the microgrid controller to form a virtual power plant, sharing power across the Oxford Road Corridor between buildings from Manchester City Council and the University of Manchester.

– A new Building Energy Management System (BEMS) has been installed in the city art gallery. The BEMS manages equipment supporting the internal environmental parameters for the exhibition spaces at the gallery.

– A data hub, Manchester-i, collects data from across the city and the Oxford Road Corridor and makes it openly available. This forms an integral part of the new Manchester Urban Observatory, a new £1m facility using IoT sensors to collect data and test urban infrastructure systems in real-world settings.

– Shared electric vehicles for staff at Manchester Metropolitan University

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When: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 from 13:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

Location:
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street Manchester
M2 3JL United Kingdom
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Triangulum project meeting in Follower City Prague

From 14-16 October 2019, the project partners of Triangulum met in their Follower City Prague, Czech Republic for their 12th Steering Committee meeting, 5th General Assembly and a full day of Follower City workshops.

12th Steering Committee

On 14 October, the leaders of the seven work packages gathered in beautiful Emauzy monastery in the heart of Prague to discuss upcoming deliverable deadlines, important aspects of the final reporting and how to guarantee a worthy representation of the project on the European Commission’s Smart City Information System platform SCIS.

5th General Assembly & Exploitation work

On the second day of this three-day meeting, the General Assembly of Triangulum, inviting all partners from the local consortia, as well as work package leaders and representatives of the three Follower Cities, united to learn more about expected contributions regarding the upcoming reporting and about what’s left to do for the remaining months of the project. Moreover, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum informed about what has been happening since the last GA with respect to dissemination and communication and about what’s in store for the last few months. In the afternoon, the project partners mingled in different working groups to discuss the exploitation potential of Triangulum and to identify the most promising local outcomes. Moreover, collaboration possibilities with SCIS have been presented and discussed.

Exploitation workshop

In the evening, the Triangulum project partners attended an exhibition nearby. The exhibition at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning aims to show the future development and transformation of the Rohan Island area. Several large public and private projects are planned or already underway on the 88 hectares of the former Vltava island and adjacent land and will transform the area into a new Prague neighbourhood.

Credits: IPR Prague
Credits: IPR Prague

Triangulum Follower City workshops

On the final day, Triangulum partners met at IPR Prague/ Prague Institute for Planning and Development – the local Triangulum partner – to jointly work on the Follower City Implementation Strategies of Leipzig and Prague. “The partners really had the chance to discuss lessons learnt on project planning and implementation as well as the Lighthouse Cities’ “Do’s and Don’ts” regarding citizen engagement, local communication strategies, political commitment and how to secure the continuation of measures. It was great to have all the different partners gathered here in Prague to brainstorm together, which usually results in the best outcomes”, says Philipp Lämmel from Fraunhofer FOKUS, leader of the replication work package in Triangulum.

Replication workshop Prague
Replication workshop Leipzig

All pictures taken by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum

“Energising Cities” International Conference: A successful summary of five years of Triangulum

Stuttgart, 09.10.2019: On 23 and 24.09., Triangulum celebrated its international conference “Energising Cities: Innovations, Challenges & Solutions” in Stavanger, Norway, merging into the Nordic Edge Expo & Conference, taking place from 24-26.09. The event was a great success with overall 185 participants and 25 speakers from all over Europe.

Having started in February 2015, Triangulum is one of the first three European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects (SCC1) funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020 now slowly coming to an end. Five years of project work in the three Lighthouse Cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) as well as the three Follower Cities Leipzig (D), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ES) have resulted in numerous outcomes and lessons learnt to be shared with the smart city community and the public.

Triangulum Conference at Atlantic Hall Stavanger (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

Tone Grindland of NHO Rogaland moderated the conference: “In the morning, the Mayor of Stavanger, Christine Sagen Helgø gave a very warm welcome to the international audience, talking about how Triangulum has shaped Stavanger and its smart city ambitions”. Triangulum’s Project Coordinator Trinidad Fernandez then kicked off the event by presenting the project’s objectives and ambitious targets. Jens Bartholmes from DG Energy of the European Commission talked about the goals and the purpose of the Horizon 2020 SCC1 programme, thus putting Triangulum into a larger context.

Project Coordinator Trinidad Fernandez (Credits: Damian Wagner)

In the first key note, Martin Brynskov, Chair of Open & Agile Smart Cities, spoke about how to set the foundation for scaling up smart cities solutions in the future. As one of the founding fathers of Triangulum, Steve Turner, Digital Cities Lead at Arup in Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Manchester, then drew a circle from the project’s beginnings to where we are today, also discussing what needs to be done to be “shifting worlds”: “Digital technologies are changing the way we live and work in cities. The cities which prove to be the most successful in the future will not be the largest, but those who are able to harness the full potential that these technologies present,” he says.

The afternoon of “Energising Cities: Innovations, Challenges & Solutions” was all about sharing experiences and learnings from Triangulum and its cities: “In four interactive sessions, our Triangulum city coordinators, technical partners, replication experts and of course, especially invited external professionals, really had the chance to delve into the outcomes but also discuss the challenges of our innovative implementations across the project and their impact on the sustainable development of cities” says Trinidad Fernandez. The interactive sessions focused on the four topics climate change, governance, citizen engagement and investment & replication.

Interactive Session on Replication & Investment, Georg Houben from DG Energy speaking (Credits: Damian Wagner)

During coffee and lunch breaks, participants were invited to experience live and hands-on presentations of the different Triangulum solutions as part of the Innovation Marketspace. Amongst others, Woonbedrijf showcased its WoonConnect app that allows tenants to take charge of their own house renovations​​​, LYSE AS presented its Blink video solution and Clicks&Links invited participants to have a seat on their Virtual Reality bike. “The Innovation Marketspace gave us a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on our Virtual Reality bike. Cycling in virtual Manchester while being in Stavanger was a big hit and after they experienced virtual reality first hand with us, we had fantastic conversations about the huge potential of immersive technology with the participants,” says Laura Hefler of Clicks&Links.

Clicks&Links’ Virtual Reality Bike (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

On Tuesday, 24.09., Triangulum merged into the official Nordic Edge Expo & Conference by co-organising the session “On a Mission for the European Cities of the Future – Achievements, Challenges, Opportunities” together with Nordic Edge, European Commission, EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities), SCIS (Smart Cities Information System) & Stavanger Region European Office. After introducing the two new SCC1 projects MAKING-CITY and +CityXChange to the public, Triangulum talked about best practices regarding monitoring and evaluation and presented its major outcomes and learnings as part of a panel discussion moderated by James Evans, University of Manchester. “In Stavanger, we developed a Central Energy Plant that is able to heat an entire building and even an enclosed swimming pool“, Gerd Seehuus from Stavanger Kommune and City Coordinator of our Lighthouse City explained. The third part of this joint session focused on “Horizon Europe – A Mission to deliver the Cities of the Future” organised by the EC, EIP-SCC and SCIS. The session was meant to trigger a targeted dialogue of the European Commission, the EIP-SCC community, the Horizon2020 Lighthouse projects and more core stakeholders on which key mission elements shall be delivered, by whom, by when and with which means.

More info:

“Energising Cities” Conference: https://www.triangulum-project.eu/?page_id=4200

Nordic Edge Joint Session: https://www.nordicedgeexpo.org/program/on-a-mission-for-the-european-cities-of-the-future-achievements-challenges-opportunities

Presentations:

Trinidad Fernandez (Welcome)

Christine Sagen Helgø (Welcome)

Martin Brynskov (Key Note)

Steve Turner (Key Note)

Dujuan Yang (Interactive Session 1)

Markus Schwegler (Interactive Session 1)

Ivan Hewlett (Interactive Session 1)

Adam Pajgrt (Interactive Session 2)

Mieke van Schaik (Interactive Session 2)

Solveig Ege Tengesdal (Interactive Session 3)

Marieke van den Wijngaard (Interactive Session 3)

Lighthouse and Follower Cities

Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven is the center of the “Brainport Region”. The Dutch Consortium consists of five partners: VolkerWessels, Woonbedrijf, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, KPN and the Municipality of Eindhoven.

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Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

The Greater Manchester conurbation with a total population of 2.7 million people accounts for the second largest economy in the UK and the economic powerhouse of the North West region of England.

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Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway

The Stavanger region is the energy capital of Europe; it holds the European status as smart city lighthouse and is the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster on welfare technology.

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Sabadell

Sabadell, Spain

Sabadell is a Spanish City of 207,540 inhabitants, located in Catalonia. It belongs to Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region, where 68% of the Catalan population lives.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most attractive regions within Central Europe. The combination of its cultural heritage and its architectural value creates a phenomenon.

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Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. After years of population decline, it is successfully turning from a post-industrial into a knowledge-based economy.

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Tianjin

Tianjin, China (Observer City)

Tianjin is a Chinese metropolitan area. Its economic output is currently twice that of the national average, and infrastructure projects are under development to support this growth.

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