• City-zen Days: Cooling with Drinking Water

    May 21, 2019

    Using water for heating and cooling is hardly a novel idea. Implementing it on a large scale, however, is a totally different ball game. One of City-zen’s demonstrations was finding out what would be needed to make this possible. During City-zen Days, a presentation by the Dutch blood bank Sanquin and water company Waternet revealed […]

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  • Implementing Smart Grid Technology: Context beyond Technology

    In 2050, it is expected that 80% of the world population will live in cities. What are the effects of, among other things, solar panels, electric cars and home batteries on the lives of citizens and the local energy grid? How can a reliable, affordable and accessible energy grid be retained? A key City-zen project […]

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  • City-zen Days: Roadmaps & Roadshows

    May 20, 2019

    Signals are coming at us from left, right and center: when it comes to climate change, we need to act NOW. But where do we start? And which way should we go? City-zen offers possible avenues for exploration. For example, the energy transition roadmap for the municipality of Amsterdam (exemplified in detail for two neighborhoods) […]

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  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Expected Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid