Visualizing Energy : Umeå standing proudly in Brussels

25 June 2017

“Umeå is expanding fast and our cold climate during the winter months puts stress on our energy system. However, we can already see the results of our ICT solutions, and soon we will reach our target of 100 per cent renewable energy in our innovation district.”

The quote from Carina Aschan, RUGGEDISED Lighthouse Coordinator for the city of Umeå, stands proudly alongside her picture in the Visualizing Energy exhibition organised by Revolve media.

Visualising Energy is a public information campaign that highlights the human dimension of the energy transition by showing workers in action on different renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around Europe and beyond. The aim is to raise awareness among citizens and policy-makers about the potential of green growth. Visualising Energy will be in Brussels throughout the summer 2017.

RUGGEDISED took part in the European Sustainable Energy Week

22 June 2017

RUGGEDISED took part in the European Sustainable Energy week, alongside fellow Horizon 2020 projects, hosting together a joint policy session looking into the replication potential of smart solutions.

Coordinated by ICLEI, all nine Horizon 2020 smart city projects got together for the "Smarter is cleaner" policy session focusing on the replication potential of the energy-related smart solutions being implemented in the lighthouse cities. The aim of this joint event was to equip other cities with the know-how to replicate the processes and technological solutions already developed.

The session looked more closely at smart solutions along three topics: smart grids, smart electric storage and industrial to civic prosumers. The environmental, economical and societal benefits of these solutions were discussed between Lighthouse and Follower cities present.

Rick Klooster from Rotterdam's partner Future Insight presented one of the smart city solutions implemented in RUGGEDISED: a 3-D City operations model. This solution looks at how to gather the data produced in Rotterdam for this project in order to create 3D visualizations showing the energy-use in real-time.

RUGGEDISED General Assembly in the "Dear Green Place"

13 June 2017

After first meeting at the project launch in Rotterdam in November, RUGGEDISED partners got together again on June 13-14 for the first General Assembly.

Hosted by the City of Glasgow, the reception marking the starting point of the General Assembly took place in the impressive City Chambers. Eva Bolander's welcome speech as Glasgows' Lord Provost, showed the strong political support to the project.

The two day meetings took place fittingly in The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. The first day of meetings was introduced by Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction who talked about her role in maintaining Glasgow as a "Dear Green place", the Gaelic meaning of the city name. Speaking also of her Italian origins, she highlighted the importance of European cooperation between cities.

Presentations from each lighthouse cities, showing the advancement of the different smart solutions, was followed by a series of workshops led by work package leaders. TNO lead a session on the Innovation Framework while other participants joined ICLEI to talk about the dissemination and communication of the project. The afternoon saw further sessions with AIT discussing the monitoring of the project while RISE gathered people to start preparing the strategy for the up-scaling of the solutions developed in the cities.

The second day gave participants the occasion to go on a study visit of Glasgow's demonstration district: The Smart Street. Leading the group along George street and Duke street, Gavin Slater told us about the smart solutions that will be installed and link up different buildings from the neighborhood including the Drygate housing estate, Tennant's Brewery and a public parking. Learn more about Glasgow's Smart Street

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