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Battery signage at Manchester Metropolitan University

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At Manchester Metropolitan University (ManMet), a sign has recently been erected providing details about Triangulum’s solar photovoltaic and battery storage installations at the Birley Fields Campus Energy Centre.

Sign at ManMet (Picture: ManMet)

 

As a key partner in Triangulum, ManMet benefitted from the installation of a Siemens lithium-ion battery, a micro-grid controller and an array of solar photovoltaic panels.  These innovations complement the existing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant and the private heat and power network on site at the University. The micro-grid controller seamlessly connects and manages assets throughout the network – reducing energy costs (less power purchased at peak times/price bands), flattening of peak demand, increasing network resilience, and providing CO2 savings via the solar PV and energy storage facility.

Graphic von sign at ManMet (Picture: ManMet)

The sign provides students and visitors to the University with details of the impact and the benefits that Triangulum has brought to ManMet.

New Video about remote controlled heating and lighting system at Stavanger nursing home

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Lyse, one of the Stavanger partners, has produced a new video to showcase one of the technologies provided through the project which has proven to be of a great value to its users: At Bergåstjern nursing home, Lyse has installed a remote controlled system to individually handle air quality, light and heat at eight of the rooms.

This gives the patients an opportunity to individually set temperature and light at their own room without being dependent on a centrally controlled heating or cooling system. Staff members are there to help the patients control light and warmth – and to make sure they are feeling as well as possible.

Snapshot from the video (Picture: Vimeo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The technology comes from the company Sensio. The nurse Synnøve Sel says that “technology can make my job easier and improve the everyday life of the patients.” This is a great example of how the Triangulum project gives real value to the citizens.

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Manchester Partner Clicks & Links Wins Innovation Award in Sabadell

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With their VR (Virtual Reality) Bike concept, Clicks & Links was one of two winners of the Innovation Award at the Coinnovem Sabadell Innovative Ideas for Urban Development event, organised by the City of Sabadell.

The competition consisted of two categories: 1) Innovative ideas for urban development (not developed by the applicant) and 2) Products, processes or methodologies for urban development (as a prototype already developed or implemented in a real environment).

The Clicks & Links VR Bike (built upon the Visualisation Platform idea) had previously been demonstrated in Triangulum’s Follower City of Sabadell. There, the local coordinator Oriol Llevot and his team decided to enter it into the Sabadell Innovation Awards. Michael King at Clicks & Links believes that “Sabadell’s interest was how the VR Bike could be used to support developments in the tourist space”. This means that people interested in a certain city can use the VR Bike to already “explore” the city virtually without having to leave their home town.

Clicks & Links (Picture: Clicks & Links)

Description of entry from Sabadell’s website:

VR bike. Connected bike virtual reality simulator. The English company Clicks and Links proposes the creation of a bike tour of the city of Sabadell through virtual reality technology. A bicycle could be settled at the future office of tourism in Sabadell, to encourage visitors to explore the city by bike. This technology has already been implemented in the City of Manchester (UK), where people can take a virtual trip along the Oxford Road Corridor from the Clicks & Links office (or anywhere the bike is set up). With a moderate cost of implementation, this is a viable project, especially considering the municipal strategy in the field of tourism, and specifically with the introduction of a tourist office in the city in mind.

23 nominations had been received: 12 in the category of undeveloped ideas and 11 in the category of ideas already transposed.

As winners, Clicks & Links will receive €4,000 plus six months of desk space in Sabadell to support further development.

Triangulum featured at the Manchester Climate Change Agency News Channel

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Various of the Triangulum project partners, especially from Manchester, have recently been interviewed by the Manchester Climate Change Agency News Channel. Andrew Smyth (Siemens) and Ettore Murabito (University of Manchester) were the first to talk about the Triangulum energy and ICT work that is taking place in Manchester. During his interview, Andrew mentions that, here in Manchester, “we are currently looking at how we can trial new innovative energy technologies”. For the full video, click here. Ettore speaks about the concept of Smart Cities in general and states that, in his opinion, the term “Smart City” is not a all unambiguous. Curious to find out what he means by this? Check out the entire video.

Snapshots and previews of the interviews have been posted on twitter (and, of course, retweeted by us), with longer versions being uploaded to the MCCA News Channel on YouTube.

Following on from these interviews with Ettore and Andrew, MCCA interviewed Jason Smith (Manchester Metropolitan University/ManMet) about the Triangulum mobility theme and how it has helped grow the e-vehicle fleet at ManMet. Currently, 14 electric vehicles are used on campus, representing 54 % of the entire fleet. The goal though is much higher. Interested in how high exactly? Check out the video here.

MCCA also interviewed Triangulum’s project coordinator Damian Wagner (Fraunhofer IAO), and Kelly Watson (University of Manchester) at October’s Triangulum General Assembly held in Manchester. You can watch the video with Damian Wagner here. And don’t miss out on the video showing snippets from our General Assembly and featuring Kelly’s interview – click here!

Fortunately, this is not even it. Pavol Gajdos (Manchester Bike Hire) is due to be interviewed by MCCA about the Triangulum Cargo Bike Loan Scheme as well. And who knows? Maybe there will be even more videos to follow. Stay tuned – we will keep you informed! And sign up for the MCCA News Channel on YouTube.

For each tenant, the home of his wishes

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Many houses in Eindhoven’s residential district ‘Eckart-Vaartbroek’ were built in the 1960s and are therefore poorly insulated. The owner, Woonbedrijf Housing Association, decided to renovate 140 of their houses, including improving insulation and applying solar panels. They are doing the renovations not the usual way – all at once and uniformly. Instead, one home is being renovated at a time according to the wishes of each individual tenant. The first renovations are just being finished now.

 

Usually, the houses of a residential district are all renovated at once and in a uniform way. Woonbedrijf decided to think (and act) outside the box by offering tenants a choice as to which modifications they would like to have done and when they would like the renovation to start. Many of the refurbishments such as a highly-insulated roof and HR++ glazing on every floor are offered as part of the renovation work. These renovations do not result in a rent increase. Other modifications such as solar panels or a larger bathroom will result in a moderate increase in the monthly rent. Either way, it is up to the tenant to decide!

 

Digital platform

Woonbedrijf uses a digital platform called ‘WoonConnect’ (‘LiveConnect’) to help tenants choose wisely: a 3D model shows the effect of certain modifications such as solar panels, roof insulation and extra windows. The digital platform is very user-friendly but Woonbedrijf staff is assisting tenants with the use of the tool if necessary. Still, there is more: WoonConnect created an online survey giving every household the chance to voice their own opinion about topics such as ‘How do you want to live in the future?’, ‘How can you contribute to sustainability?’ and ‘What are the pros and cons of your neighbourhood and your house?’.

Finished renovation in Vaartbroek (Picture: Triangulum Eindhoven)

Nice and warm
Mevrouw Lee has lived on the Saturnusweg for twenty years. She is happy with the renovations which Woonbedrijf had recently carried out on her house. “All those years we felt a cold draft inside our house. That is over now. It is nice and warm in the house. Moreover, the house is now better protected against burglars. I feel safe here.”

 

More comfort, no rent increase

Ronald van Zundert lives on the Wegastraat. “Most modifications were carried out without a rent increase. I do pay extra rent for solar panels and a larger bathroom: 40 euros per month. For that, I get extra comfort. On the other hand, the heating costs are likely to fall by about 50 euros per month because of the extra insulation.” Still, he thinks there is room for improvement. “If I take a shower, the humid air is automatically extracted. But not only from my bathroom, but also the warm air from my kitchen. That’s a pity. And that individual approach per home, no matter how praiseworthy, is also a disadvantage: every tenant chooses their own moment to have the work done, and that can cause nuisance for quite some time.”

 

More information?

Send an e-mail to Marieke van den Wijngaard:  m.vandenwijngaard@woonbedrijf.com

4th General Assembly in Manchester

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From 16 through 18 October, representatives from all seven Triangulum workpackages met in Manchester for their fourth General Assembly and their tenth Steering Commitee meeting.

The first day of the General Assembly was held at the Manchester Art Gallery – what a great location for a project meeting!

Triangulum Consortium (Picture: Fraunhofer IAO)

The agenda focused on topics such as first results of the monitoring process and information about the progress of ongoing implementations. Each Lighthouse City presented five proposals on how to exploit results, followed by an interactive Q&A session. WP6, focusing on replication, then presented successful replication approaches and the question how Triangulum as a project can support upscaling and faciliation. The Follower Cities also talked about their progress and presented some exploitation proposals. In the afternoon of the first GA day, there was a workshop organised by WP6 about “Boosting Replication in Follower Cities”. The day continued with two site visits to either Clicks&Links for a visualisation demo or to Manchester’s Last Mile Delivery Depot. Of course, the evening was rounded off with a traditional dinner and some typical British menu options to choose from.

For the second day, we moved to the Manchester Metropolitan University where we learned more about dissemination and communication activities, some important upcoming events such as the Barcelona Smart City Expo & World Congress and about the current status of the project management. Because of the new GDPR law that came into effect at the end of May 2018, the entire team took part in a GDPR compliance workshop organised by the University of Manchester.

It was a great and very productive meeting! Thank you Manchester and thank you to the City Council of Manchester and all our involved partners for hosting this project meeting.

Smart with a Heart: Bringing Together the Smart City Community at Nordic Edge 2018

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Smart with a Heart: Bringing Together the Smart City Community at Nordic Edge 2018

From 25-27 September 2018, the fourth Nordic Edge Expo & Conference took place in our Lighthouse City Stavanger, Norway. The Nordic Edge is an annual event showcasing the latest innovative solutions from the Smart City community and thus the ideal meeting place for the project partners of the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities programme. 4500 visitors from all across Europe and even beyond attended this three-day event to present outcomes, exchange knowledge and meet with project partners. Apart from the official event, several side-events were organised around this largest Smart City event in the Nordics.

“Smart with a Heart” was the theme of this year’s Nordic Edge Expo and Conference. To us, the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities (SCC1) projects, being smart with a heart has many different meanings. But mostly, it’s about working together and about seeing the person behind as well as in front of the technology – that is, both project and city representatives as well as the citizens living in Smart Cities. And that’s why the Nordic Edge was such a special event this year. Because it gave project coordinators, universities, technical partners, municipalities, but also investors and decision makers the chance to meet like-minded people with the same enthusiasm at heart. The Nordic Edge Expo with 2500 m2 of exhibition space and 200 exhibitors from more than 47 countries is the place in the Nordics for the Smart City community to exchange knowledge, network and create new business opportunities. During all three days of the exhibition, Triangulum was thus, together with the other 11 SCC1 projects, represented with a joint stand. The stand featured all 12 Lighthouse projects (Triangulum, Remourban, GrowSmarter, Replicate, SharingCities, SmartEnCity, SmarterTogether, mySMARTLife, Ruggedised, IRIS, MAtchUP and STARDUST) as well as the two tenders Smart City Information System (SCIS) and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). There, project, tender, city and technical representatives had the chance to meet each other, to talk to and inform visitors about the overall SCC1 community, the individual projects and the solutions developed therein and to illustrate the progress that we have made via the joint SCC1 Multitouch Tool that hosts information about all SCC1 projects.

 

Joint Nordic Edge Stand at Expo (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

The main SCC1 contribution to the Conference took place on Thursday, 27 September: the “Lighthouse Cities Programme”, an entire day of six public and five internal parallel sessions focusing on the challenges and outcomes of the SCC1 projects. The public session “Trial, Innovate, Scaling Up. Lessons learned from Europe ‘s Smart City Lighthouse Projects in a European Context”, moderated by the European Commission’s DG Energy Policy Officer Jens Bartholmes, informed about first results and lessons learned from the projects. Four project coordinators of SCC1 Lighthouse projects talked about first results and lessons learned: our project coordinator, Damian Wagner of Fraunhofer IAO, Nathan Pierce of Greater London Authority (SharingCities), Lisa Enarsson of the City of Stockholm (GrowSmarter) and Elisabeth Jorge Pascua of Donostia San Sebastián (Replicate). Another public session focused on hands-on stories from the City Coordinators of Vienna, Milano, Nottingham, Cologne, Stavanger (Gerd Seehuus from our Lighthouse City was there!) and Tartu. With the title “Communication – How to make «invisible» projects visible”, communication representatives of various SCC1 projects, Lighthouse – and Follower Cities presented their findings from their prior internal workshop to the public as well. Moderated by facilitator Josh Stinton (Outspire), the results of the internal discussions were graphically illustrated – putting a lot of heart into it – by Kristof Braekeleire and then pitched to the public by the individual project or city representatives. First outcomes and success factors of the first three SCC1 projects were discussed in a special session as well, featuring, amongst others, Dr. Kelly Watson from the University of Manchester and Wouter Beelen from VolkerWessels Eindhoven. Dagfinn Wage from Lyse, Stavanger was invited to talk about “packaging” and financing solutions for European Smart Cities during the public session on “Business Models and Finance”. And last but not least, Dr. Kelly Watson from the University of Manchester furthermore talked about how citizens are involved in the development of urban data platforms during the “Big Data” public session.

 

Public Sessions (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

 

Communication Workshop (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

Moreover, the SCC1 community was deeply involved in the Conference’s plenary sessions. Our project coordinator Damian Wagner of Fraunhofer IAO talked about the progress of the first three SCC1 projects (Remourban, GrowSmarter and Triangulum) and how cities are paving the way towards a European Smart City market place in his talk “Trial. Innovate. Scaling Up!”. Anna Lisa Boni, the Secretary General of EUROCITIES, project partner of SharingCities and SCIS, discussed with the Mayors of Stavanger, Eindhoven and Tampere (amongst other politicians) how to connect with our citizens´ dreams when building smarter cities. The yearly session “Meet the New Lighthouse Cities“, this time co-organised by EUROCITIES, Greater Stavanger and Stavanger Region European Office, introduced the latest SCC1 projects IRIS, MAtchUP and STARDUST. The session was rounded off with a replication workshop focusing on the question “What can we do together for successful replication?”. The workshop consisted of two parts: a replication part chaired by EUROCITIES and a community engagement part chaired by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum. During intensive internal task force meetings, the SCC1 community talked about joint activities and shared challenges. Representatives of the SCIS consortium were actively involved and discussed cooperation possibilities as well as collaborative work between the individual projects and the tender. At the subsequent SCIS Project Coordinators Meeting, representatives of FP7 projects such as R2CITIES, CITyFiED, CITY-zen and EU-GUGLE joined to exchange experiences.

Damian Wagner at Plenary Session (Picture: Nordic Edge)

Apart from the official Nordic Edge programme, the SCC1 community used the presence of so many representatives to take part in various other joint activities. During the “Stavanger Safari”, a demo site visit organised by Stavanger Kommune, an electrical battery bus took the SCC1 community to LYSE. During the ride, a representative of Rogaland Fylkeskommune talked about the implementation process of these busses that worked closely together with the citizens of Stavanger. At LYSE, the group learned about smart lampposts, fast chargers, PV cells and the sewage tunnel of Stavanger’s Central Energy Plant. The Safari ended with a visit to University of Stavanger, where the group was introduced to their Big Data Hub and listened to a presentation of their dashboard solution. The day was rounded off with an informal Get Together at the Stavanger Art Museum.

 

Electric Battery Bus – Stavanger Safari (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

On Friday, the “CROSS-SCC Replication Workshop” was taking place, a session for fostering replication and upscaling of Smart City solutions amongst the SCC1 Community. Over 70 participants discussed topics such as low energy districts, integrated infrastructure, urban mobility and urban governance. During two rounds of round table sessions, participants for example discussed the urban mobility topics “E-Buses & EV Charging Infrastructure”, “Bike Sharing Systems” and “Last Mile Delivery”. The outcomes of all round tables were presented during a short summary at the end. The workshop was organised by the SCC1 Replication Task Group in collaboration with INEA, the European Commission and SCIS and supported by Morgenstadt and the Nordic Edge.

CROSS-SCC Replication Workshop (Picture: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

The cherry on top of this eventful week was a hike to Preikestolen to enjoy the view down into the Lysefjord. A group of about 30 SCC1 representatives put on their hiking boots and climbed up the pulpit rock.

Preikestolen Fjord Trip (Picture: Fraunhofer IAO)

The Nordic Edge 2018 was a full success, offering the Smart City community the possibility to meet, discuss challenges, exchange knowledge and best practices and also to network and create new business opportunities. Events like these are at the heart of all the technological and scientific advances that the more than 380 SCC1 project partners (and all the other Smart City stakeholders across the world!) are working on day by day. The theme of this year’s Nordic Edge has thus absolutely brought it to the point. We need to be “Smart with a Heart!”. See you all next year for Nordic Edge 2019 again.

 

Picture Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum/Fraunhofer IAO/Stavanger Kommune

Triangulum brochure published

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Triangulum has published a brochure presenting the current status and latest outcomes of the project!

Triangulum Brochure (Picture: Triangulum)

Webinar on “Data Platforms”

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On 4 October, 10 AM (CEST) , Triangulum is hosting a webinar about “Data Platforms”.

Speakers will be project partners of the Triangulum project, namely:

  • Russel Wolff from University of Stavanger
  • Ettore Murabito from University of Manchester
  • Niels Wiersma from Gemeente Eindhoven

Join us to learn more about the current status of Data Platforms in our three Lighthouse Cities Stavanger, Manchester and Eindhoven. Hear about specific use cases, such as Manchester-I or Stavanger’s Cloud Data Hub. The speakers will present their main challenges and lessons learned and provide valuable information that might help you with your own city’s data platforms!

Click here to join the meeting (no registration necessary)

 

Manchester partners shortlisted for the 2018 Energy Awards

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We are delighted to announce that Triangulum’s Lighthouse City Manchester’s project partners Siemens (), Manchester Metropolitan University (, and the Manchester City Council ( have been shortlisted in the Public Building Energy Project category of the 2018 !

Let’s cross our fingers!

(Picture: Energy Awards 2018)