TRIANGULUM Site Manchester

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  • United Kingdom
  • Manchester


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The city of Manchester is one of 10 local authorities that make up the Greater Manchester conurbation, which has a total population of 2.6 million people and is the second largest economy in the United Kingdom. The innovation district, Corridor Manchester, will be the focus of TRIANGULUM’s activities in the city – a 2 km long spine that contains two of the UK’s largest universities and one of the largest medical research campuses in western Europe. Over the past five years, the partners have developed a joint strategy for the area and together will oversee capital investment predicted to be worth €3 billion. which makes up 20 % of the city’s GDP. It employs 60 000 people in the knowledge economy sector, with a further 14 000 expected to be added in the next 10 years. There are 70 000 students in the Corridor, which is anticipated to reach 80 000 by 2020.

Manchester’s approach is based upon an understanding that cities function as systems, involving a complex interaction between individuals, markets, infrastructure networks and public services. Every individual intervention has been chosen because it demonstrates the benefits of integration in different ways.

Building on the investments already made, the focus will be on the integration of energy, mobility and ICT systems around three core infrastructure assets within Corridor Manchester: Civic Quarter Heat Network, University of Manchester’s (UoM) Electricity Grid and Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Electricity Grid. These assets supply heat and power to the respective estates and buildings belonging to the Corridor partners. TRIANGULUM will build on the work already undertaken to establish a smarter, more independent infrastructure whereby energy generation, its supply, storage and use is managed in a much more demand-responsive manner. The primary focus for this is those buildings of heritage status value, a sector that until now has proved a major challenge in terms of carbon reduction.

All the new investments around renewable energy generation, supply and demand management will be connected through a new ICT infrastructure called the MCR-i. This platform will consist of a number of discrete layers, which will create two new knowledge environments. The first network of data and services that bridge the investments set out above will, in an integrated way, enable greater analysis and better-informed decision-making at both a strategic and operational level. This will improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and provide a greater ability to meet demand in a more cost-effective way. The second is the establishment of an open access marketplace from which innovative end-user and business applications can be developed and marketed independently. In addition, the city’s programme to remove cars from the Corridor also provides the opportunity to develop a new mobility component focused specifically on logistics and freight distribution, whilst at the same time exploiting the opportunity to connect new modes of electric vehicle transport via the electricity infrastructure set out above.

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

Manchester’s overall objective is for Corridor Manchester to become one of the largest knowledge-rich low-carbon districts in Europe. In achieving these overall impacts, the aim is to decouple a reduction in carbon emissions whilst at the same time increasing economic activity. Very few cities have been able to exhibit this smart green growth but the Corridor has the right conditions and profile to demonstrate this. The rapidly increasing population growth which our urban cores are experiencing (Manchester is the fastest growing city in the UK) will put increased pressure on the way our cities deliver public services, such as housing, transport, energy, water and other basic services including health and education. The cities that compete most effectively in the future will be those that can deliver smart green growth against a backdrop of rapidly increasing urbanisation.

The implemented solution should impact the following targeted aspects:

  • energy use (buildings and transport);
  • energy costs;
  • energy generated from renewable sources;
  • mobility (i.e.: reduction of journeys);
  • air quality (reduction of carbon emissions) ;  
  • creation of new jobs;
  • generation of added value (socio-economic impact);
  • improved efficiency of doing business.

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The interventions in Manchester include:

Energy efficiency in buildings

  • Building integrated renewable energy sources
    • Clean power generation (lower GHG)
  • Small energy storage
    • On-site generation, storage and its integration (renewable and conventional)
Mobility & transport: 
  • Clean fuels and fueling infrastructure
    • Developing  sustainable urban mobility schemes
    • Charging stations
  • Electric, hybrid and clean vehicles:
    • Replacement  of diesel vehicles with electric ones
  • Bicycle infrastructure
    • Electric cargo bikes
  • Building energy management system
    • Energy Optimisation Initiative
    • Central controller connected to the energy infrastructure that recommend optimisations by responding to external signals for an optimised centrally controlled energy management
  • Urban data platform
    • Open Data and Service Engine
    • Platform receiving data from a number of sources pertaining to different aspects of the city liveability: energy, transport, weather and air quality
    • Visualisation platform (Manchester-i)
    • 3D visualisation platform as an interface of the data from the Open Data and Service Engine
    • It serves as a tool for others to create apps and similar technology-based innovations