RepliCable and InnovaTive Future Efficient Districts and cities
The CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.
The project’s strategy is based on five pillars:
- Large scale demonstrations, including three holistic district renovations at Laguna de Duero-Valladolid (Spain), Soma (Turkey) and Lund (Sweden);
- Maximization of the replication potential through the organisation of a cluster of cities and building a community of interest among cities;
- Development of innovative and cost effective methodologies and procedures for planning, deploying and replicating energy efficient district retrofitting actions;
- Development of better business models to support the strategy for transforming urban areas into Nearly Zero-Energy Districts (NZED);
The CITyFiED project has objectives that represent a mix of demonstration, innovative technologies and business models towards the smart city of the future:
- A strategy towards the Smart City of the Future
CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future.
- Demonstration Sites
An extensive demonstration action will be carried out as part of CITyFiED involving a relevant number of cities and the necessary technological stakeholders in a cluster, with the aim of maximizing the impact and replication potential from three high level and very ambitious demonstration projects that will be carried out at Laguna-Valladolid, Soma and Lund.
The demonstrations will address a holistic district renovation, deploying innovative and cost-effective technologies for a high increase of the overall energy efficiency and a relevant reduction of the environmental impact. A deep retrofitting of the buildings, an innovative district heating and cooling concept and a set of solutions to improve the grid management and increase the distributed electricity generation are going to be carried out in order to achieve powerful models suitable for replication across Europe.
- Innovative retrofitting methodologies
In parallel with the demonstrative actions, as a part of the integrated strategy to adapt the cities, CITyFiED will develop innovative and cost effective methodologies and procedures for planning, deploying and replicating energy efficient district retrofitting actions, resulting in low energy and zero emission cities and urban areas, taking into account the technological availability for retrofitting buildings, deploying HVAC facilities based on a district scale and also integrating distributed electricity generation. Renewable energies and waste energy recovery will play a key role in this approach towards a clean energy city strategy that will reduce drastically the CO2emissions.
Another key objective of the CITyFiED strategy is a very ambitious dissemination activity, in which the cluster of cities will be properly integrated. Clear messages will be conveyed to professionals, academic audiences and the citizens in general, about the benefits of the energy efficiency in the city environment, not only regarding the energy issues related with buildings, but also addressing complementary issues such as mobility, in order to modify the user behaviour towards a more sustainable awareness. CITyFiED will try to access more than 100,000 people in all of Europe by means of a wide dissemination plan, by using the more innovative media technologies.
- Scientific and Technical objectives
The most important scientific and technical objectives will be represented by the development of a systemic methdology for holistic district renovation and urban ecosystems' planning and the identification of very innovative technologies, methods and solutions to improve: district level retrofitting, district heating and cooling, electric energy balance towards zero energy distrcts and better management.
The expected impacts of the project are:
Investment mobilized: 46,04 M euro
m2 retrofitted: 221558 m2 (140000 Laguna de Duero, 41158 Lund, 40400 Soma)
Number of dwellings retrofitted: 2213 (1488 Laguna de Duero, 379 Lund, 346 Soma)
Citizens involved: 7250
Number of companies involved: 17
District energy performance, energy savings: 11403.6 MWh/yr
Tons of CO2 emissions avoided: 10286,8 tCO2/yr
Average reduction of energy use: 73%