• deelnemer John van der Putten en wethouder Choho

    Innovative home battery project in Amsterdam in the spotlight

    June 27, 2017

    Last Friday City-zen’s innovative home battery project (virtual power plant)  in the Amsterdam Nieuw-West district enjoyed the spotlight when not only Amsterdam Alderperson Abdeluheb Choho visited John van der Putten, one of the participants, but also various Dutch media paid attention to it. Citizen partners Alliander, Exe and Greenspread are working together in Amsterdam Nieuw-West […]

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    Enery saving in progress! City-zen @ seminar Smart Buildings in a Smart City Prague.

    June 6, 2017

    “Save water: share your shower” /  “This designer bag is yours to use during your stay (and much cooler than disposable plastic bags)” These were just some of the nudges in my room at the Mosaic House in Prague, a  former office building that has been turned into a BREEAM excellent hotel, where I was invited […]

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    Menorca : beautiful island today, sustainable island tomorrow

    June 1, 2017

    By Igor Taranic, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), with contribution from Dr. Craig Lee Martin, TU Delft 30 May 2017 Original article In the last week of April I had the pleasure to participate in the CITY-ZEN Roadshow in Menorca, one of the Spanish Balearic islands. The event named “Menorca – a sustainable island […]

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    Action Clusters Meeting – 20 June 2017 | EIP – Smart Cities and Communities Market Place

    The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) covers various Action Clusters, one of which is the Business Models, Finance and Procurement Action Cluster. During the next EIP meeting on 20 June, Sarah Bogaert from VITO will present the business models that are behind some of City-zen’s demonstrators. She will share the challenges […]

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    WEBINAR: Regulatory, financial and social barriers for innovation

    City-zen’s Craig Lee Martin was one of the expert speakers on a webinar hosted by the SCIS (EU Smart Cities Information) platform on May 17th. The webinar showcased examples of main financial and economic barriers encountered by smart cities projects; regulatory and administrative barriers, and measures needed to promote social acceptance and uptake of technologies […]

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    City-zen project shows European cities the way

    May 16, 2017

    Running cities on clean energy may be technically feasible, but it is very tricky from an organisational and economic point of view. The EU project City-Zen is readying hearts and minds for the challenge. The Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is doing its bit in the form of trial projects, serious gaming […]

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    Renovation of co-owned apartment complexes: dream first, then decide

    April 18, 2017

    To refurbish apartment complexes, 70% of the owners must consent with renovation activities. Collective decision-making is never easy. And if it involves money, well, it is even harder. To cater for that difficulty, the Local Energy and Climate Agency of Grenoble metropolitan area – ALEC, created a participatory workshop called “Refurbish my condominium : what […]

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    April 13, 2017

    An island that works entirely with clean energy is possible. But how can we do it? How to integrate new solutions in buildings, cities, existing infrastructure and the lives of people? What are the technical barriers, economic or social, and how to overcome them? Between April 24th and 28th 2017 these and other issues about […]

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    School Energy Challenge: children on board to bring energy consumption down

    April 12, 2017

    “Teacher, that’s the day when we set up a multi-socket!” Giving individuals access to their energy usage, thanks to the VivaCité platform, is an ongoing initiative in Grenoble. As part of the 3rd edition of the successful “School Energy Challenge” lead by ALEC (local energy and climate agency) on the metropolitan area of Grenoble, one […]

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    Creative workshop: brainstorming on how to engage people in saving energy at home using the collaborative platform VivaCité

    How to give residents better access to their energy consumption data? How should they interpret  those, and above all, what will they do with it once they have better insight in their energy consumption? Engaging people in using the VivaCité tool, a collaborative platform for managing data for housing (electricity, heating, gas and water), is […]

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