Stavanger municipality has installed a new renewable energy plant for three municipal office buildings. The energy central heats and cools the buildings using energy from the city’s waste water, reducing the CO2 emission by 85 %.
In Norway, there are great natural renewable resources in hydropower. In the Triangulum project, however, Stavanger thrives to find solutions that can be replicated in most cities around the world.
“On the path towards smart mobility: best practices from the three forerunner cities: Eindhoven, Manchester and Stavanger” is the title of a reviewed paper recently published by Marielisa Padilla and Sonja Stöffler from the University of Stuttgart. Marielisa, part of the Triangulum Coordination Team, shares in an interview some of the experiences and lessons learnt of the project so far and gives some insights into the paper.
The rehabilitation department at Bergåstjern, an old people’s home in Stavanger, is now testing energy management provided by the Innovation Department in Lyse. The solution involves the staff at the department and means that they can adjust the heat and automate this to give the inhabitants the best indoor climate, based on their personal needs.
Manchester’s Triangulum e-cargo bikes have been hard at work helping businesses get moving. Working with cargo bike specialists Manchester Bike Hire, Manchester City Council has bought four electric assist cargo bikes to be used by businesses in and around the city. Here’s some of the clever things they have been up to! The bikes are fully GPS tracked to evaluate journeys, distance and carbon savings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”).