Triangulum Follower City Training Mission: Stakeholders met in Sabadell

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The Triangulum Lighthouse Cities have tested and evaluated countless methods, measures and tools on their way to become more green and sustainable cities. But how could the Follower Cities (FCs) choose from this wealth of experience and benefit from good practices?

Within the project, support is given by means of the so called “Follower City Training Mission”, consisting of FC days, workshops and webinars which are tailored to the specific needs of Follower Cities, and of the Triangulum Replication Tool, a database interlinking city needs with possible solutions.

On 13th and 14th November, stakeholders met in Sabadell to discuss the goals and the next steps for Follower City Sabadell.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the City of Sabadell, the City of Eindhoven, with its Mayor John Jorritsma, as well as members of the Fraunhofer research institute as coordinators of the Triangulum project. 15 entities of Sabadell were represented at the workshop that consisted of two parts.

On the first day, the training was closely related to the interventions carried out in the Triangulum Lighthouse Cities in the fields of ICT, mobility, energy, financing, public space and governance. Also, the replication approach of Triangulum with its two pillars – the FC Training Mission and the Replication Tool – was explained. This “double-approach” enables the Follower Cities to identify the areas of smart city activities, suitable technologies and solutions to be implemented and the costs of the measures. At the same time, possible funding and business models are checked, timelines are generated and appropriate partners identified by taking into account risks and local governance and coordination structures.

“The challenging goal is to design tailored solutions adapted to local needs, but standard enough to be applied to a significant array of European cities…”, stated Miquel Soler i Antolí, Councilor of information and communication technologies of Sabadell.

The 2nd part of the workshop consisted of a day of group work focusing on co-designing Sabadell’s the urban implementation strategy including the following elements:

  • Green last-mile urban delivery of goods
  • Recharging points for electric vehicles
  • Renovation of the municipal fleet with non-polluting vehicles
  • Environmental sensors
  • Instruments for the acceleration of start-up companies
  • Maker spaces linked to the circular economy
  • Digital platform for space and resource sharing
  • Measures for energy efficiency in the refurbishment of existing buildings

During the workshop, the participants from Sabadell and Eindhoven made comments and suggested improvements, applying various methodologies for designing and prototyping ideas, especially the “business model canvas”.

The draft implementation strategy of Sabadell is focusing on energy sustainability, electric mobility, the opening, exploitation and sharing of data and the creation of new entrepreneurship and employment linked to the sectors of urban innovation.

“For Sabadell, the main goal is that our strategy improves the quality of life of our citizens, social inclusion, democratic quality and leverage for equitable economic progress with new job creation, especially for small entrepreneurs and the social economy sectors”, summarised councilor Soler i Antolí. Sabadell’s implementation phase will start in 2018.

Sabadell’s strategy is the result of the Triangulum efforts following the Morgenstadt methodology of matching the identified city needs with the innovative solutions implemented in the Lighthouse Cities by, at the same time, taking low risk business models into account with fewer burdens on public finances.

The SCIS (Smart City Implementation Strategy) is a key deliverable of each Follower City within the Triangulum Project.  It is an instrument which helps the cities to respond to policy challenges and to structure implementation and investments. The content and format varies depending on territorial context, on policy challenges and on the planned measures.


Replication workshop sessions in Sabadell with city representatives and stakeholders.

This activity counted on the economic support of the Barcelona provincial council (Diputació de Barcelona), under the framework of the 2017 Service catalogue of the 2016-2019 Local government network.

Manchester’s Data Curation service open for business!

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The official launch of Manchester-I, Manchester’s portal for city-related data, was held on the 29th November at the Manchester Central Library. There was a good turnout of data professionals from across the Manchester Triangulum partner organisations, as well as the City. Attendees were invited to explore the system to understand the datasets available.

(Picture: Manchester-I)

Triangulum partner Clicks and Links also demonstrated the virtual reality possibilities they may be able to develop for the project. As well as learning more about the potential for virtual reality, attendees were able to put on the headset and enter virtual reality train tunnel!

The Manchester data can be viewed and downloaded at Manchester will also be hosting a series of ‘Innovation Challenges’ over the course of 2018-19, to enable developers to exploit the data to perform useful functions for the City and our partners.

Triangulum’s solutions presented as best practices at SET Plan conference in Bratislava

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In 2017 the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan marks its 10th year anniversary. For this occasion, a conference, taking place in Bratislava from 29 November to 1 December 2017, reviewed the progress achieved in the last decade in the energy transition and the key role played by the SET Plan as the technological pillar of the EU energy policy.

On 29 November 2017, the conference also featured a Smart Cities and Communities focused side event, including a presentation of Triangulum Coordinator Damian Wagner.

(Picture: Fraunhofer IAO)

The session was opened by Andreea Strachinescu and Jens Bartholmes, of the European Commission’s DG Energy, that presented current funding opportunities for Smart Cities and Communities within Horizon2020. This was followed by the smart city challenges in Bratislava and the smart city activities of Brno within the project RUGGEDISED. Triangulum Coordinator Damian Wagner presented tested solutions and good practices of the Triangulum Lighthouse Cities Manchester, Stavanger and Eindhoven, such as the ICity Tender. He showcased some of the solutions and underlined the great wealth of tested solutions ready for replication that the group of Lighthouse projects has to offer. The specific replication approach of Triangulum was also in the focus of the presentation. Good practices were also shared by the coordinators Nathan Pierce (project SharingCities) and Albert Engels (project RUGGEDISED). The three coordinators explained and showcased the important work done by the lighthouse projects and the entire Lighthouse group, consisting of currently 12 Lighthouse projects. They shared their Lighthouse project experiences and insights with the audience. Over 250 people signed up for this event on Smart Cities and Communities.

The 10th annual SET Plan conference conjoined with the 11th Central European Energy Conference (CEEC XI) is held under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference examined the implementation process of the Energy Union with a special focus on the role of its Research and Innovation (R&I) dimension. In particular, it assessed the role of innovative low-carbon technologies in boosting European competitiveness, progress in developing new technologies and smart energy systems for efficient use of energy as well as growing share of renewables in the primary energy consumption of EU member states. In addition, it also evaluated the current trends in electro-mobility, safe utilisation of nuclear energy, enhanced energy storage, and many other topical issues for the transformation of the EU energy system. Finally, the conference paid special attention to the evaluation of the role of Central European member states, including their contribution to the implementation of the goals of the Energy Union and the Integrated SET Plan.

The SET-Plan target under the present Action 3.2 – Smart Cities and Communities – aims at Positive Energy Blocks/Districts that will strongly contribute to COP21 targets. The dedicated Temporary Working Group 3.2 of the focuses on the technological roadmap, transition guidelines for Positive Energy Blocks, Public sector innovation, standards and capacity building.

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Triangulum and the other Lighthouse Projects lead the way to a smarter Europe at Smart City EXPO

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Triangulum and eleven further smart city projects covering almost 60 cities across Europe came together at the 7th Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona from 14-16 November – the biggest edition to date – to show how cities are leading the way in driving sustainable and smart innovation.

Under the conference theme ‘Empower Cities, Empower People’, these smart city projects, also known as Lighthouse city projects, presented how they are putting smart technologies to the test, and how these work in practice when it comes to reducing environmental impact and improving citizen’s lives.

‘The Lighthouse Projects Stand’ was part of the three-day international event on smart cities at the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue which gathered 700 cities worldwide as well as 675 exhibitors and 420 speakers.

The Stand hosted a number of discussion sessions, ranging in topic from district heating solutions to smart waste collection, providing an opportunity to share experiences of mobilising the public sector, business communities, civil society and academia in the creation of smart cities and regions. Triangulum representatives contributed to the sessions and shared the experiences they have made in the project, namely:

  • Alexander Schmidt (Fraunhofer IAO) – Session “Early Identification of potentials for replication”
  • May Endresen (Greater Stavanger) – Session “Citizen engagement”
  • Marielisa Padilla (Fraunhofer IAO) – Session “Smart city strategies, governance”
  • Iver Jan Leren (Rogaland Fylkes Kommune) – Session “Citizen engagement”

Furthermore, Marielisa Padilla (Fraunhofer IAO) and Henk Hok (Eindhoven) represented the project in the frame of a discussion at Sabadell’s exhibition booth on 15th November.

(Pictures: Fraunhofer IAO)

The twelve projects have all received funding through the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme as part of the EU’s long term ambition to create a low-carbon economy and ensure continued competitiveness in the global market.

Head of Unit for new energy technologies and innovation at the European Commission, Andreea Strachinescu said: “Innovation drives Europe’s competitiveness and is the best way to transition to a low-carbon economy. Thanks to these projects and partnerships, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, smart metering, real-time energy management, or zero-energy buildings neighbourhood solutions can be tested and shared with other European cities.”

The European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities, also featured at the stand, was launched in 2012 by the European Commission to support the development urban technology solutions in and energy, transport and ICT and stimulate their uptake to enable the transition to a more sustainable Europe.

Manchester Metropolitan University ranked as the UK’s greenest university

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Triangulum partner Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been named the greenest university in the UK, ranked in first in the People and Planet University League. The league assesses a range of environmental and ethical factors, management practices and policies, and performance in carbon reduction, energy sources, waste and recycling, and water reduction.

One of MMU’s electric vehicles purchased as part of Triangulum (Picture: Triangulum Manchester)


Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-chancellor of the University said “Environmental change and sustainable living are amongst the greatest challenges that we face and we remain committed to work to address key issues including: reducing our carbon footprint through appropriate management of our estate; developing Carbon Literacy learning for our students; and supporting innovative solutions through the production of green energy”.

Within Triangulum, MMU are the hosts of a variety of new technologies, including an integrated solar photovoltaics array and Electric Energy Storage, which will be ‘controlled’ by a central control system trialling optimum running scenarios for flattening of peak demand, energy and cost saving. MMU staff also use the two Triangulum electric cars as part of their everyday business activity, further displaying the image of MMU as a green university beyond the campus. During the course of the Triangulum project, they have hosted a series of national and international visits to their sustainable Birley Fields campus where the technology is located. A comprehensive programme of staff, student and wider community participation is planned alongside the other Manchester Triangulum partners.

Triangulum project is part of the Expo World Congress in Barcelona

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Together with all Smart City projects from across Europe, Triangulum will be featured at the 7th Smart City Expo World Congress is set to take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 14-16 November.

Smart city projects, also known as Lighthouse projects, are testing and implementing a range of innovative solutions in specific city districts with the aim of stimulating uptake and growth in the market and the transition to a more sustainable Europe.

The Expo, which takes place annually in Barcelona brings together more than 17,000 visitors, 650 exhibitors and over 700 cities from across the world to share research, best practices and potential common solutions, achieved through effective collaboration. A mix of keynote speeches, discussion sessions and presentations make up the conference programme, with a wide range of topics under discussion.

‘The Lighthouse Projects Stand’ showcases thirteen European Commission funded-projects and initiatives working together to shape the market of smart cities in Europe: EIP-SCCSmarter TogetherReplicateMy Smart LifeRemourbanEspressoEU Smart Cities Information SystemSmartEnCitySharing Cities; TriangulumRuggedisedGrowSmarter and Green Digital Charter.

The Stand (D450) will also host a number of discussion sessions, ranging in topic from district heating solutions to smart waste collection.

For more information about the event, visit the event website.

Discovering the Triangulum activities in Eindhoven during the World Design Event

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A dedicated expo on the Triangulum activities took place during the World Design Event, which was held together with the Dutch Design Week from 21st until 29th October in Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Eindhoven. And many of the 335,000 visitors to the Design Week explored this exhibition.

Mayor John Jorritsma of Eindhoven is enjoying the ‘VR-tour’ around the model of Strijp-S (Picture: City of Eindhoven)


The exhibition “Strijp-X” was organised at the Triangulum demonstration area Strijp-S. It showed people the activities that are being realised in Eindhoven and especially in the Strijp-S area with the help of Triangulum.

There were showcases of some of the projects which were made possible by the I-City tender. In 2016, the tender encouraged start-up companies to apply with their innovative ideas on how to make the city smarter. Some of the projects that could be discovered at the exhibition were electric bikes that will run with solar energy or a short circuit especially designed for blind people. Other projects could be discovered on interactive screens. There was a large scale model of Strijp-S where all the projects could be discovered through Virtual Reality. Quite a few projects on Strijp-S can’t be seen in real life because they are underground or ‘hidden’ in lampposts. These projects could be discovered virtually – visitors could, by means of Virtual Reality, walk around the model of Strijp-S and see and experience what was done at the real Strijp-S.

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6th Triangulum Newsletter online

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Triangulum’s sixth newsletter is online – with a special focus on the replication activities and our three Follower Cities Leipzig, Sabadell and Prague. Read the newsletter here.

Adelaide representatives visit Manchester: Discovering the Triangulum interventions

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Between 9 and 13 October four representatives from the Australian City of Adelaide visited Manchester and Brussels as part of the EU World Cities project. Whilst in Manchester, Triangulum partners presented the project’s progress on Distributed Energy Systems. This included a site visit to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley campus which will host Solar Photovoltaic’s and Electrical Energy Storage alongside energy saving interventions via a central controller provided by Siemens. The following day, presentations from Triangulum partners were made about incorporating Electric Vehicles into a corporate fleet, and also about the data visualisation work of Triangulum.

A delegation from Adelaide, partner city of Manchester on the EC funded ‘World Cities’ project, visit MMU’s sustainable Birley Fields campus

(Pictures: Triangulum Manchester)

Triangulum consortium meets in Leipzig for its 3rd General Assembly

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From 11th to 13th October 2017, the entire Triangulum consortium came together in the project’s Follower City Leipzig for a Steering Committee meeting and its 3rd General Assembly.

After an official welcome by Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung and Dr. Norbert Menke of Leipziger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft, the consortium members discussed the project progress and the next upcoming activities. During an excursion the project partners could also discover Leipzig’s public transport mobility stations and an innovative heat storage station.

Triangulum consortium (Picture: Fraunhofer IAO)