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.
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.