Author: Taliah Dommerholt

D8.2: Report on the identification and assessment of exploitable results

The deliverable D8.2: Report on the identification and assessment of exploitable results was submitted by R2M with contributions from NTNU and IOTA in November 2022. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

“This report presents an overview of the exploitable results of the +CityxChange project identified during the first four years of the five-year project. This work has been conducted as part of Work Package 8: Scaling-up, Replication and Exploitation and specifically as part of Task 8.4: Competence analysis, identification and management of exploitable results. The report provides an overview of the strategies and actions needed for adoption and exploitation of results generated by the +CityxChange project. As such, it provides a framework for identifying, developing, and optimising the exploitation of the project results during the project and after its completion.

Twenty-five exploitable results have been identified which are summarised under four categories: 12 Products & Applications, 2 Services, 9 Knowledge & IP and 2 Processes. It is envisioned that 17 of the results will be exploited on a commercial basis and the remaining 8 results will be made available for public or scientific exploitation for free, under appropriate open licences, or similar paths.

For each of the exploitable results, an Exploitable Results (ER) manager has been assigned and two templates have been completed: i) Partner market analysis template and ii) ER template. Together with the SWOT analysis, they form the basis for the exploitation strategy and exploitation activities for the final year of the project. Requirements for IP protection have been identified and appropriate protection mechanisms have been put in place. The levels of maturity vary across the exploitable results and the effectiveness of the results will be validated during the +CityxChange demo projects.

It can be expected that the methods and products developed in +CityxChange will contribute to the adoption of PEDs/PEBs and can be of great benefit for all stakeholders involved. This report forms the basis for the replication and exploitation plans that will be delivered in Month 54.”

Consortium Meeting in Písek to kick off final year for +CxC

From November 10-11 we held a consortium meeting in Písek, Czechia to plan for the final year of the project. It was a great opportunity to catch up and in some cases meet for the first time in person! We were able to discuss hurdles and achievements, as well as future steps for the project.

The program was structured around specific challenges and needs of the 7 project cities, which were discussed in workshops and interactive discussion-based sessions. For the FCs—Alba Iulia, RO; Písek, CZ; Sestao, ES; Võru, EE; and Smolyan, BG—the focus was on their journey and needs, and for the LHCs—Trondheim, NO and Limerick, IE—it was on what we have learned from the demonstration phase, and plans for moving forward towards replication. We also discussed how to best extract all the knowledge (and associated processes) that we have tested and created throughout the last 4 years, and then make this information accessible.

As part of the program, the LHCs each presented on how to make the last year count. First LHC Trondheim led a session titled ‘How to make a PEB?’ (see our recent news post about Trondheim’s successes here), followed by a presentation from LHC Limerick about forming Energy Communities (for more about what Limerick is up to, check out the recordings of their recent symposium and read our news post about it here). 

We also held a successful storytelling workshop about the role of citizen engagement in the project, discussing how to engage hard-to-reach citizens, how to communicate complexity, how to know when to involve different stakeholders in extended projects, and how to make participatory processes valuable for vulnerable citizens in the short term. This was followed by a demo of the Mobee app by Trondheim Kommune, a real-time assistant that supports mobility in the city of Trondheim.

After several other sessions and important discussions, it became even more apparent that the cities have had differing challenges and successes, which need to be understood and recognized for the value they bring to the table. We are learning from our ‘failures’ and finding meaningful ways to bridge the gaps in our intended impacts. A next step for the +CxC project is to record the stories of the various lessons learned, describing how and why certain ambitions were or were not met. The challenge is to effectively extract and package our learnings for widescale impact and a just energy transition beyond the parameters of our project. 

A huge thank you to our wonderful hosts in Písek for sharing their beautiful city with us. Feeling inspired and looking forward to this last year!

Trondheim has established two Positive Energy Blocks

European cities are experiencing rapid growth, resulting in strained energy grids and carbon-intensive energy systems. With climate change-fueled energy consumption targets, coupled with energy shortages and rising levels of energy poverty, the present European energy situation requires innovation and implementation of energy efficiency mechanisms, as well as a system-wide shift to renewable energy sources (RES).

In response to these global trends, different Horizon 2020 projects have been exploring solutions to facilitation of just transitions. Through the +CityxChange project, the European Lighthouse City of Trondheim has established two Positive Energy Blocks (PEBs): Brattøra and Sluppen. PEBs are defined as a group of buildings in which the annual building energy consumption is lower than the local energy generation. They are not about single innovations, but rather about a system of innovation. The PEBs are scalable, meaning that they can be expanded to the district level and beyond, and they promote flexible, local energy systems.

The Trondheim PEBs are comprised of a variety of building uses and types, including office buildings, small industries and wholesales, a health care center, restaurant and leisure/cultural spaces, and apartments. These PEBs constitute a complex mix of interventions, including the following main ingredients:

  • Extensive feed-in of renewable energy from rooftop PV, heat pumps, and waste heat recovery
  • Energy efficiency measures, focusing on measures with a high benefit/cost ratio and short payback times
  • Utilization of local, end-user electric flexibility through the establishment of local flexibility markets in the PEBs with open trade at high time resolution, based on innovative trading and energy market solutions
  • Couple electric & thermal sectors with efficient coordination of both types of resources (sector-coupling)

At this stage, the two PEBs are active and generating energy. Brattøra recently recorded a positive dPEB balance of 230,857 kWh/yr (10 % of the PEB BRattøra total energy demand) and Sluppen 224,880 kWh/yr (5.2 % of the PEB Sluppen total energy demand). A lot of progress is still needed, but improvements are ongoing in an iterative process. Importantly, the work done in Trondheim has generated a number of crucial lessons in PEB building, and has made it clear that the process cannot be achieved without involving numerous stakeholder groups. 

As seen in the Figure below, the Trondheim system architecture can be simplified into four stages: 1) Key Enablers, 2) Installation & Configuration, 3) Smart Control of Assets, and 4) Deployment of +CxC dPEB. While the process in practice is not so straightforward, these stages outline the basic requirements for building a successful and scalable dPEB.

So what (and who) enabled Trondheim’s success?

  • Single Management Platform: In order to manage and operate such complex, local energy ecosystems, all buildings and energy assets (resources and consumers) need to be integrated into one single management platform (distributed energy resource management system). In Trondheim, this platform is provided by ABB (ABB Optimax ®).
  • Building owners and real-estate companies at the core: To establish PEBs, it is imperative to have building owners and real-estate companies on board. In the Trondheim projects, we work with R Kjeldsberg, a real-estate company and official project partner, as well as associated partner Entra.
  • Energy trading platform (ETP) & local flexibility market (LFM) developers and owners: The project would not be possible without a highly innovative energy trading platform and solutions, developed by Volue. Market solutions for local energy and flexibility markets were developed and implemented for the local flexibility markets by ANEO (formerly Trønderenergi).

The final report from the Trondheim projects – D5.11, Trondheim dPEB Demonstration – describes the process of planning, set-up, and implementation of the PEBs, including a comprehensive guideline that outlines the main steps for establishing a scalable PEB. Curious and want to know more? Visit our knowledge base for a more detailed overview of everything Trondheim and our other cities have been up to!

The dPEB PED approach - important for moving towards a green and clean energy transition. Photo by +CityxChange.

+CityxChange at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2022

From November 15th-17th, you can find us at Booth B21 in Hall 2 of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona! As one of the 30 projects of European Smart Cities and Communities (ESCC) under the umbrella of the European Commission, we are looking forward to sharing our experiences and learnings on cross-cutting topics related to climate neutrality, digital solutions, citizen engagement, urban governance, and smart city finance.

Spearheaded by Scalable Cities Secretariat and Smart Cities Marketplace, ESCC represents the joint presence of partners that are collectively leading the way and piloting cutting-edge innovative solutions with the aim to replicate them across cities in Europe on the path to climate neutrality.

The focus of the event is a joint booth that will host a program of small sessions organized by the attending projects. Projects and initiatives will also take part in 4 large sessions, called the agora sessions that will include a larger and more diverse audience.

In addition to a constant presence at the ESCC booth, find +CxC in the following sessions:

  • Tuesday 15-11 [10-11:30]: Trondheim participates in a booth session titled, “What’s in it for cities” about how to support collaboration, innovation, financing, and knowledge dissemination in project cities.
  • Wednesday 16-11 [10-10:30]: +CxC collaborates in the booth session titled, “Governance & digitalization. Digitalization at local level – How to get all cities and communities involved, making use of past and present projects?”
  • Wednesday 16-11 [15-16:30]: Annemie Wyckmans speaks at a booth session on “Local collaborative governance”, about new ways of stakeholder engagement.
  • Thursday 17-11 [9:15-10]: Dirk Ahlers speaks at the Central Agora in a session titled, “How do we reach climate neutrality in cities by 2030?” This session explores the European pathways from positive energy districts to climate neutrality.
Download the full ESCC program and don’t forget to get your event pass!
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Check out the ESCC and Scalable Cities event profiles for more details and we’ll see you there!

LHC Trondheim presents at Digital Davos

The LHC Trondheim +CxC team attended Digital Davos in Switzerland on the 22nd of September! We presented on three main topics: 1) why we’ve had the successes that we’ve had, 2) how we systematically approach mobility, and 3) how we work with energy and mobility. Data is at the forefront of how we share what we do, allowing us to communicate our successes through the numbers. 

LHC Trondheim has anchored support from the highest levels of government in its endeavors to facilitate the green transition and promote the initiatives of +CxC. Energy is a very important topic both across Europe and globally, and the Norwegian government believes that for the sake of the planet, adaptation and innovation are critical.

As a municipality, Trondheim works with energy and mobility at all levels, building off of existing knowledge and asking, what do our inhabitants already know about their options for energy and mobility, and how can more sustainable options be incorporated into their everyday lives? We work together with citizens to cocreate projects and strive to inform the public about what can be expected in the future. We believe this systematic and inclusive approach allows social mobility to thrive.

Thank you to all who participated in and supported the event, including Silja Rønningsen, Tom Jensen, Bjørn Ove Berthelsen, and Klaus Livik.

LHC Trondheim wins third place for Smartgrid center’s innovation prize

LHC Trondheim is very honored to have received third place for Smartgrid centre’s innovation prize for 2022. The theme of the award this year was “Pioneer projects in Norway that have contributed to the green shift through the development and utilization of the energy system using secure digital solutions”. 

After being nominated into the top 3, we were able to present at their annual conference in Norway and demonstrate our value, explaining how we have contributed to the green shift. +CityxChange is continuously launching projects in Trondheim for more efficient energy utilization, local energy systems which use renewable energy, and energy storage, based on solutions developed by Norwegian partners.

The aim of innovation award is to spotlight pioneering activities within smart grids, and in this way increase the dissemination of concepts and best practices across the industry. We are very grateful to have been given the chance to present at the conference, and are excited to have won third place!

Check out the original news source here

New energy market in Trondheim is now being tested

The kick-off for testing a separate flexibility market for electricity took place at Brattøra, a neighborhood in Trondheim, on July 4th, 2022. For the first time, building owners are able to share electricity between their own buildings and trade electricity with neighboring businesses. This is a huge step forward in electricity trading, and power sales between neighboring buildings will help us utilize locally available power. We assume that 10 percent of all electricity consumption is flexible and can be moved in terms of time and volume.

As of today, there are no incentives for neighboring buildings to cooperate on production and consumption of energy, and we believe that Trondheim and Norway as a whole have a huge potential to save space when developing grids if energy sharing is built into the system. The opportunities associated with the sale of electricity between buildings are numerous, and allow us to more efficiently use available electricity. This test has the potential to empower the development of energy grids in the future and make big differences both locally in Trondheim, and globally.

We are testing the energy market in several places currently, with Trønderenergi, a Norwegian company, currently responsible for establishing and operating the market. We will soon expand into other urban areas in partnership with other companies, such as R. Kjeldsberg . This project is also a collaboration between Trondheim municipality, ABB, Volue, IOTA, as well as the building owners who participate. In addition, +CityxChange collaborates with Enova’s large-scale project; Brattøra Mikronett, along with Entra, Skanska, Trondheim municipality and others. In other words, this project is made possible thanks to the collaboration between many different people working to spur innovation and contribute to the future of energy positive neighbors.

Check out the original news article here: 


+CityxChange presented at 58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress

At the 58th ISOCARP World Planning Congress, Dirk Ahlers from +CityxChange and Mark van Wees from ATELIER presented at a special session organized by ISOCARP Institute on Pathways from Positive Energy Districts to Climate Neutral Cities. During the presentations we discussed innovation management and stakeholder engagement, and how to scale up PEBs to achieve multi-level impact.

We also had the opportunity to share a Case Study on Systemic City Transformations through Positive Energy Districts. presented by Taliah Dommerholt. During the presentation, she introduced +CityxChange and its approach to the localized energy transition, with a specific focus on the development and role of Bold City Visions in identifying key opportunities for action.

Both events were followed by fruitful discussions, and we are looking forward to next year!

Positive Energy Symposium in Limerick

Integrating the New European Bauhaus into Ireland’s Climate Transition

Limerick’s Citizen Innovation Lab hosted a symposium on October 13th. At the event +CityxChange project partners presented infrastructural demonstrators, and shared insights and learning from project implementation to date, with Dublin and Cork – the Irish cities taking part in the “100 Climate-neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” Mission. The invited audience included people from government departments, local authorities, academia and state agencies involved in the delivery of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan and Cities Mission.

At the symposium, Limerick City and County Council presented an overview of the +CityxChange Demonstration Projects. The project’s systematic co-creation approach, CommuntyxChange, was presented by University of Limerick, and its alignment with the New European Bauhaus policy initiative explored. Citizen Innovation Lab Stories told by Positive Energy Champions demonstrated citizen interactions with digital tools for collaboration and project impact in Limerick. During the event the Limerick Energy Model and the Community Mapping Tool were demonstrated in the Citizens’ Observatory, and there were tours of the School of Architecture at University of Limerick’s Fab Lab Limerick.

Limerick based SME, GKinetic Energy Ltd., detailed the development of their tidal turbine where stakeholder engagement enabled by the project’s open innovation approach informed the evolution and siting of their design. IES R&D presented Limerick’s decarbonisation roadmap to 2050. This scenario was developed using the Limerick Energy Model, the Decision Support Tool and digital twin of the city created through +CityxChange.

The Cities Mission was introduced by Thomas Osdoba, coordinator of the Net Zero Cities consortium. He spoke of the potential of cross-city collaboration through a National Cities Mission Platform. Julio Lumbreras, also of Net Zero Cities, shared details of CitiES 2030, the Cities Mission Platform in Spain. This was the start of an important conversation on cross-city collaboration in Ireland.

Nuala Gallagher, Director of Planning Environment and Placemaking, Limerick City and County Council, opened the symposium. Ciarán Cuffe MEP gave a keynote address on the critical need to progress to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. Borislava Woodford of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre introduced the New European Bauhaus policy initiative. There were contributions from Stephen Kinsella, Helena Fitzgerald, Tom O’Brien, Helena Kelly, Veronica Santorum, Andrew O’ Connell, Úna Walsh, Sinead Hourigan, Rosie Lynch, Merritt Bucholz, Rosie Webb, Terry Connolly, Gary Brennan, Niall Byrne, Gerard Walsh, Susan Pierce, Ciarán Hayes, Thomas Osdoba, Sabrina Dekker; Paul McGuirk; John O Neill; Julio Lumbreras and Liam Bergin. Professor Kerstin Mey, President of University of Limerick gave the closing address.

The symposium was supported by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Value and Empower strand of the National Policy on Architecture. It wished to amplify the Citizen Innovation Lab’s citizen-centric approach to innovation, which embraces the New European Bauhaus values of sustainability, beauty and inclusion. It was great to see so many people gather in Limerick’s Citizen Innovation Lab for this event.

Recordings of The Limerick Symposium – Integrating the New European Bauhaus (NEB) into Ireland’s Climate Transition are also available to view. The three panel sessions include:

  1. The New European Bauhaus policy initiative – It’s not just that we decarbonise that is important, how we do it is important too. 
  2.  The +CityxChange approach to decarbonising cities – A Limerick story of NEB before NEB.
  3. City Collaboration and the Climate Neutral Cities Mission in Ireland.

Photos courtesy of Helena Fitzgerald and Úna Walsh. 

+CityxChange Participates in Sustainable Places 2022 in Nice

On September 8th, Helena Fitzgerald and Dirk Ahlers of +CityxChange presented at Sustainable Places 2022, taking part in a workshop with other Positive Energy District projects to explore the impact of citizen participation on energy systems. The +CxC presentation focused on the CommunityxChange toolkit for stakeholder engagement and introduced the concept of Innovation Playgrounds.

The workshop aimed to present and discuss the methods, strategies, and expected impacts for citizen engagement. The other participating projects included ENERGE, ATELIER, Bright, Pocityf, and MakingCity. For more about the event, check out the Sustainable Places website