As part of the Smart City Roadmap we’ve been looking at ways to improve energy efficiency across the city. One of the ideas was to look at at Urban Districts, how we can improve local energy generation in neighbourhoods and also to improve energy efficiency in our public buildings.
One of the places we found that was already looking at this model as part of their Smart City development was Aspern in Vienna. This case study is taken straight from the road map document.
The Aspern Smart City Research company was established in October 2013. It will develop a multi-functional urban district of around 240 hectares in the north east of Vienna until 2030.
The plans include the concept for a longterm integrated energyoptimizd district by connecting residential and non-residential buildings to a low voltage distribution network.
Building control systems will manage the energy exchange between buildings and allow building operators to participate in the energy market.
ICT solutions will be used to discover system and infrastructure faults, alert managers to inefficient consumption patterns and identify savings opportunities. Decentralised power renewable power generation and energy storage solutions will play a central part.
If you want to read more about the actions identified for energy efficiency in Birmingham and have your say, you can find them all here.