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Manchester cuts carbon thanks to Triangulum

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Manchester’s universities are using technology to cut their carbon emissions, thanks to a project showcasing the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. A short film is now presenting the project’s work in the Corridor Manchester innovation district.

The Triangulum project sees Manchester City Council working with the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) to transform their vehicle fleets and make significant energy savings, while demonstrating the power of the new innovations to help create economic growth.

To date, UoM have changed seven of their diesel operational services vans for electric vehicles, while Manchester Met have added two 30KW electric cars to their car share scheme – allowing more staff to use low-carbon transport options for business journey and leave their own car at home.

Many mail deliveries to Manchester Met are now made by electric bike, a process made simpler thanks the recent Wilmslow Road Cycleway scheme, which makes cycling safer and easier along Oxford Road.

Meanwhile, electric cargo bikes have been made available to local businesses on a free trial, with the UoM’s IT services department already having taken advantage of this offer.

Data gathered from usage of the electric vehicles and e-bikes is being used to develop to a greater understanding of mobility in the city.

The Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said: “Manchester needs to generate growth and create more jobs, but we need to do that in a way that is environmentally sustainable. Using new disruptive technologies and sharing knowledge is the most effective way to achieve that – and being a ‘smart city’ is Manchester’s future.”

Succesful “Tour de Triangulum” in Lighthouse City Stavanger

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This spring, the Triangulum project invited the citizens to a bus ride quite unusual to normal ones. The bus ride, undertaken with an electric bus, successfully brought together interested residents, professionals, students and politicians.

During the “Tour de Triangulum“, which took place on 15 June 2017, the guests received answers and information about the local project activities – and had a perfect opportunity to get familiar with some of the persons behind the solutions and the companies involved.

“Experience the smart solutions in the Triangulum project! Perhaps the solutions can be used in your municipality too? Or maybe the smart solutions are something for your home?” was the invitation that should inspire people to join the ride. And more than 50 persons did! The event was a joint initiative of the local Triangulum partners Lyse, Stavanger Municipality, the University of Stavanger and Greater Stavanger.

“As a partner in Triangulum, we have an important commitment to involve the inhabitants. The project is going on for a period of five years until 2020 and is now halfway. The timing was perfect in other words, and gave a nice framework for the event, “says Per Fjeld, Senior Advisor in Lyses Innovation Department.
Stavanger’s mayor, Christine Sagen Helgø, came to Lyse and held the opening speech, followed by a Triangulum introduction by Per Fjeld and Kristian Helland, managing director of the Lyse company Smartly. The participants then received a demonstration of Lyse’s demo apartment, where a number of smart home solutions were installed before the tour continued to the University of Stavanger. Here, the participants received information about the data the university collects in its solution, and how this benefits the inhabitants. Finally, the tour went to the cinema in Stavanger, where a movie premiere presented the new energy centre built by Stavanger municipality.

The Triangulum Tour is planned to be repeated this autumn – a strong indicator that this event was both interesting and useful.

 

“Smarter is Cleaner” policy session at European Energy Sustainable Week 2017 – Learning from the SCC1 smart city projects

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This year’s European Energy Sustainable Week (EUSEW) brought together the nine smart city ‘Lighthouse’ projects in a special policy session entitled “Smarter is cleaner” on 22nd June 2017 in Brussels. Representatives of the lighthouse and follower cities exchanged on the environmental, financial and societal benefits of smart solutions. Andrew Smyth from Siemens was representing Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Manchester at the policy session.

Representatives from 13 cities involved in these smart city projects presented new energy products, discussed environmental policies and shared a catalogue of learning on how to grow a new market of smarter, more sustainable energy solutions and create a new generation of jobs. Introducing the “Smarter is cleaner” policy session, Jens Bartholmes, DG Energy Policy officer, reaffirmed the Commission’s support to the Lighthouse cities and satisfaction at the replication of the smart solutions plan in other cities who follow these projects.

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Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Manchester was actively taking part in the topic “Smart Grids” of this policy session by offering insights and lessons learned during the panel discussion.

On 21st June, the projects presented themselves on a joint stand at the EUSEW’s networking village in the Residence Palace.

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Triangulum presented at the Indo-German Smart City Solutions Workshop – GLOBAL APPROACH LOCAL SOLUTIONS INDIA

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More than 50 decision makers from nearly 30 smart cities participated in the Smart City Solutions Workshop to draw out concrete ideas for improving infrastructure and services in India. Triangulum was also presented as a best practice by the project’s coordinator Damian Wagner.

Fraunhofer in association with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany, the Indian Ministry of Urban Development, the Government of India, and the National Institute of Urban Affairs organised an Indo-German Smart City Solutions Workshop on 9th May in New Delhi. The workshop was organised as a part of the Indo-German cooperation on Smart Cities and Urban Infrastructure which has committed support to Kochi, Coimbatore, and Bhubaneshwar funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Participation at the smart city solutions workshop included government representatives from more than 31 Indian cities, senior policy makers and bureaucrats who are major stakeholders and decision makers in the implementation of various government initiated smart city projects in India. The workshop also witnessed the participation of experts and dignitaries such as Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the German Embassy in New Delhi. Shri Anupam Mishra, Economic Advisor of the Ministry of Urban Development and the Government of India, and Mr Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Mr. Ambitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog delivered the keynote speech at the closing session of the workshop and responded to the suggestions and outcomes of the deliberations.

The objective of the workshop was to share the best practices and expertise in smart solutions and models as gained through the Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative which is backed up by a Consortium of more than 40 partners from industry, NGO, government and research institutions. The Morgenstadt Initiative is coordinated by Fraunhofer and includes already several smart city labs and initiatives across Europe, as well as in Asia and Latin America. The workshop was divided into three main sessions – Smart Energy & Water Session, Smart Mobility & ICT and Smart Governance & Management System, it also included sessions on topics like Smart Water Management, Financing Models for Indian Smart Cities, Sustainable Energy Systems for Smart Cities and Energy and Building amongst others. The lectures were followed by interactive Q&A sessions. In addition to the workshop, information on specific technologies was also displayed.

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Training Mission: Webinars

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Within the Training Mission, webinars are an additional measure to transfer valuable knowledge among cities. During the course of seven webinars with a duration of two hours each, partners from several cities come together for an exchange of information, experience and a discussion. These sessions are also open to interested persons outside of Triangulum. The first three webinars have already successfully taken place in April (“Smart City Policies and Governance” and “ICT Reference Architecture”) and May 2017 (“Smart Business Services and Innovation Management”).

Training Mission Workshops at Fraunhofer IAO

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The Lighthouse City partners together with TÜV Süd and Fraunhofer are currently supporting the Triangulum Follower Cities to replicate solutions and write their respective Implementation Strategies. This takes place within a series of sessions called the “Follower City Training Mission”. The mission started successfully at the end of February 2017 with the first workshop “Implementation Strategies”, followed by a second event in April 2017, focusing on the subject “Smart Grids, Energy Storage and Renewable Energies”. We can happily announce that more training sessions are to be organised!

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How did the Brainport Region Eindhoven become one of the smartest regions in the world?

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This question was the teaser sentence for a Triangulum webinar organised on 17th March 2017. Within the webinar, Henk Kok, local coordinator of the activities in the Triangulum Lighthouse City Eindhoven, provided some answers, resting on three main pillars. Firstly, the historical development of Eindhoven and the villages around, from the late 19th century until the early nineteen nineties. Secondly, after that period, there have been almost twenty five years, in which an ecosystem has emerged that rests on an almost undisputed basic political agreement of how to develop the region. Thirdly, several ingredients grew over time and are still developing further. These create favourable conditions for becoming one of the smartest regions in the world.

 

Read more in this article by Henk Kok, a more extensive version of the webinar presentation.

Triangulum Tour during the Stavanger Impact Week on 15th June 2017

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Experience the smart solutions in the Triangulum project! Maybe the solutions can also be used in your municipality? Or maybe the smart solutions are something for your home?

On Thursday, 15th June at 1 pm the tour starts at the Lyse headquarters. The Mayor of Stavanger, Christine Sagen Helgø, will welcome the participants with an opening speech before a brief introduction to the Triangulum project. Participants will then be shown a demonstration appartment that has a number of smart home solutions installed.

The group will then be transported to the University of Stavanger in one of the battery operated buses that Stavanger has installed within the Triangulum project. Members of the Triangulum consortium will explain how the data the university collects is being used and in which way this benefits the citizens.

The last point on the agenda will be the presentation of a new film clip at Stavanger cinema that demonstrates what the citie’s sewer is going to be used for. The County Mayor in Rogaland, Solveig Ege Tengesdal, will also be attending.

Participation to the event is free of charge, but registration is necessary.

Manchester broadens its international networks

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Earlier this year, Manchester received an invitation from DG REGIO to submit a proposal to participate in an EU pilot project. The invitation forms a fantastic opportunity to share Manchester’s Smart City project experience, including Triangulum, beyond Europe.

“World Cities” (www.world-cities.eu) is focused on sustainable urban development and is promoting the exchange of experience and best practice between EU and non-EU countries. The project is being piloted with cities within five non-EU countries (South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam). Manchester is building on a strong relationship with Adelaide in Australia. The initial visit to Adelaide took place in May 2017.