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).
The Stavanger region is regarded as one of the most innovative regions in Norway; it has ten years in a row been appointed the best business region in Norway (NHO) and has a practice for close triple helix cooperation among businesses, academia and public sector. The region aims at a high degree of knowledge transfer between sectors and areas of business, such as subsea to space, space to health, offshore to onshore services.
The Stavanger Triangulum consortium consists of Stavanger municipality, Lyse, The University of Stavanger, Greater Stavanger Economic Development and the Rogaland County Council.
In the Stavanger area, one district in particular – Paradis/Hillevåg will be transformed to a living lab as part of the Triangulum project. Within this area, substantial changes will take place in buildings such as 100 private homes fitted with integrated solutions and smart generic gateways. Services include heat and light control, innovative video solutions, security/safetyfeatures and charging electric vehicles. Stavanger regards smarter homes as a crucial part of building a smart city, due to the opportunities of enabling the inhabitants being part of the process.
Stavanger municipality will install a renewable energy plant for three major municipal office buildings, making the energy supply for light and heating greener and reducing the CO2 emission.
Further, a school and a nursing home are involved in the project. Through the smart generic gateway developed and installed by Lyse, they will benefit from innovative video solutions, strengthened energy efficiency, building automation and smart charging of e-vehicles.
The University of Stavanger will develop a cloud data hub for gathering and analysing big data from the project. Further the Rogaland County Council, which is in charge of busses in the region, will purchase and test three new battery busses capable of driving approximately 70 000 km annually.
Greater Stavanger Economic Development will focus on spreading knowledge on the new integrated solutions of the projects, as well as contributing to develop a business framework of smart cities.
For the Stavanger region, Triangulum means making a difference for its citizens and enabling new business and research to be spread both in mature and new markets.
Key measurables by which the impact will be measured, include:
- Lowering emission, both by enabling people to make the right choices and introducing equipment and infrastructure for electric mobility
- Improve the quality of public transportation and thus increase its competitiveness compared to individual motor car traffic
- Smarter houses make cities smart: decision support, energy control, safety and comfort
- Lowering energy consumption both in dwellings and public buildings
- 75 % of the heating requirement to be covered by renewable energy in the buildings which the municipality new energy plant (center) will provide
- Meaningful citizen involvement in everyday life: “What I do really matters”
- Seeking business opportunities globally