#1 Newsletter 2019 

An introduction to +CityxChange

What is the project about?

+CityxChange (Positive City ExChange) is a smart city project, that has been granted funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the call for ‘Smart cities and communities.’ 

In all seven Lighthouse Cities (LHC) and Follower Cities (FC) which are part of the project, Positive Energy Blocks and Districts will be developed and installed, contributing to the European Clean Energy Transition goals across EU cities. 

The +CityxChange vision is to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. This includes the development of a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy market supported by a connected community. It further leads to recommendations for new policy intervention, market (de)regulation and business models that deliver positive energy communities integrating e-Mobility as a Service (eMaaS). Our innovation and demonstration projects are organised as 11 Demonstration Projects.

What is a Positive Energy Block (PEB) and Positive Energy District (PED)?

News from the project
Regulatory Mechanism to Trial Innovation in Cities

The report investigates how EU & national regulations influence the process of establishing positive energy blocks & districts and community grid systems. Read more.

Position Paper
We present IT-centred challenges that lie in designing an architecture for a flexible, open, transferable, and replicable smart city ecosystem spanning a plethora of suppliers and systems. Read the full paper.
Rosie Webb, Senior Architect at Limerick City & County Council, and Professor Merritt Bucholz, University of Limerick, talk about how to create a Positive Energy City Centre in Limerick. Listen to the full episode.
On the 21st of June, 2019, our new colleague, Savis Gohari, gave a presentation on governance processes on smart city initiatives, linking her PhD research to the +CityxChange project. Read more.  
Futurum Exhibition Trondheim
We participated with a booth on “Smart Energy Positive Cities” at the Futurum Science Exhibition (16-19 June 2019); together with the FME ZEN project on Zero Emission City Districts. Read more.  
Sustainable Places, Cagliari
Giulia Carbonari (R2M) presented our project at the Smart Cities workshop, aimed at identifying key elements that characterise a Smart City together with GrowSmarter, Making-City, Sinfonia, SmartenCity, REACT, ZeUS. Read more.
European Smart Projects Summit
Organised by in San Sebastian, the event took place on 26-27 March 2019. Consortium partners of +CityxChange participated to learn from the other projects, exchange experiences. Read more.
Our demonstration areas
Limerick City (Republic of Ireland) is one of our Lighthouse Cities. It will develop solutions for buildings located in the Georgian Innovation District to help generate more energy than they consume and allow for the excess energy to be returned to the grid. 
Trondheim (Norway) is the second Lighthouse City. It will emerge as a city with happy, healthy, and regenerative citizens. To make this happen, innovation is needed for new energy solutions in transportation and buildings. One of the demonstration sites is Sluppen-Tempe; one of Trondheim’s major transformation areas.
Alba Iulia (Romania) Smart City aims to intelligently use information, data and technologies capable of responding to the challenges of adaptability, flexibility, sustainable social and economic development, energy and environment.
The city of Písek (Czech Republic) is expecting to design Positive Energy Blocks and Districts constituted of Municipal buildings, a newly designed parking garage and some of the primary school buildings and kindergartens. Cooperation with the private sector is essential for the project. 
Sestao (Spain) is a municipality with a strong post-industrial character. It has an area of 3.5 km2 where only 0.9 km2 are dedicated to residential use and the rest is used for industrial purposes. The area of intervention, namely, ARI TXABARRI, is going through processes of deindustrialisation and currently suffers high rates of unemployment.
Smolyan (Bulgaria) has identified three Demonstration Areas for the replication of the Lighthouse Cities’ pilot projects. It is looking into the possibilities to apply specific energy management schemes in public buildings, as well as balancing the production of hot water to reduce the energy demands of its public swimming pool.
Võru (Estonia) is focusing on how to bring life back to the city centre by providing analyses, visions and plans for the historical area in the frame of innovation and energy efficiency. As an example, Võru is trying to analyse whether it is possible or not to make a PEB between municipal buildings in the heritage area.
‘’Co-creating Positive Energy Districts, with Integrated Planning and Design, a Common Energy Market & CommunityxChange’’
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September 24-26, 2019
Stavanger, Norway

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October 23-24, 2019
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Consortium meeting
November 19-21, 2019
Barcelona, Spain

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Coordination team:
Annemie Wyckmans – Project Coordinator
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dirk Ahlers – Project Manager
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Lighthouse city representatives:
Mihai Bilauca – Lighthouse City Coordinator
Head of Digital Strategy and EU Programmes, Limerick City Council

Silja Rønningsen – Lighthouse City Coordinator
Trondheim Kommune
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 824260.