+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.’ The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the host and leads the +CityxChange consortium together with the Lighthouse Cities Trondheim Kommune and Limerick City and County Council.
Within the +CityxChange project, the cities of Trondheim, Limerick, Alba Iulia, Písek, Sestao, Smolyan and Võru will experiment how to become leading cities integrating smart positive energy solutions. Through the use of digital services, the quality of life for and together with the citizens shall be improved, more energy produced than consumed, and experiences with cities across Europe exchanged to learn faster together.
The following framework supports achieving our vision:
- Prototype the Future – Integrated Planning and Design
- Enable the Future – Creation of a Common Energy Market
- Accelerate the Future – CommunityxChange
- Decision support tools which enable informed decisions to be made by all stakeholders in the community;
- An approach to creating a Positive Energy Block through energy reduction and efficiency measures, local renewables, local storage, flexibility and peer-to-peer energy trading;
- Top-down community engagement driven by the local authority and bottom-up citizen engagement to inform, educate and drive behavioural change.
The approach has been developed to enable citizens to invest in their own buildings, which ultimately contributes to the creation of the Positive Energy Blocks and provide them with the incentives (social, economic, legal and technical) to do so.
The project is structured to specifically develop value-added solutions that support replication in other EU cities as well as exploitation to commercial markets well beyond the project duration.
From a top-down system to a fluid one