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    National legislation is one of the barriers in the transition towards clean energy, says Annelies Huygen

    February 27, 2017

    “We are in a time of total disruption. We simply can’t know what energy supply will look like in twenty or thirty years from now.” Annelies Huygen – Sr. researcher at TNO and professor ‘Ordening van de Energiemarkt’ at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – was interviewed on Dutch Business News Radio about what she […]

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    Is Europe ready for the smart buildings revolution ? BPIE report features innovative projects including City-zen

    February 21, 2017

    An analysis by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) on the readiness of EU countries to transition to smart buildings concludes that no Member State is fully prepared to take advantage of the benefits that smart building technologies will entail. BPIE assesses aspects such as dynamic operability, energy-system responsiveness, renewable energy uptake as well as […]

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    Post Fossil City Contest: Submit your idea for a carbon free future

    February 16, 2017

    RE-IMAGINING URBAN FUTURES Imagine a city that is not addicted to fossil fuels. How would that change the way we live, work, and move around the city? Join the contest and win 10.000 euros! The Urban Futures Studio proudly presents the Post-Fossil City Contest. We are calling on artists, designers, architects, urbanists, authors, photographers, filmmakers […]

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    City-zen’s Roadshow awarded by the city of Dubrovnik (Croatia) !

    February 6, 2017

    Following the City-zen Dubrovnik ‘Roadshow’ held in November 2016, Craig Martin, responsible for both the ‘Roadshow’ and precursor event ‘SWAT Studio’, has on the instruction of Andro Vlahušić (Mayor of Dubrovnik) been awarded The City of Dubrovnik & DURA (Dubrovnik Development Agency) ‘Contribution Award’. The award is in recognition of outstanding contribution to the sustainable […]

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    Menorcans filled with anticipation about visit ‘equipo’ City-zen

    January 13, 2017

            In May the City-zen roadshow, lead by Craig Lee Martin (TU Delft), will travel to Menorca (Spain). The Menorcans are filled with anticipation: the local newspaper already announced the planned visit: ‘Expertos de la UE visitan la isla para acelerar la descarbonizacion’ 

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    Rockstart Accelerator Smart Energy program: are you in?

    January 9, 2017

    Is your startup company using internet technology and game changing business models to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy supply? Join Rockstart’s Smart Energy Accelerator program! Original article from Is your startup company using internet technology and game changing business models to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy supply ? […]

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    “Context is king”: City-zen’s Craig Martin on how to achieve fossil fuel free cities

    December 16, 2016

    On the 8th of december (SCIS) published their interview with City-zen’s Craig Lee Martin (Delft University of Technology) on his roadshows for ‘on-site’ urban intensive workshops that collaborate with institutions and city stakeholders all over the world to propose vital and realizable sustainable City Visions: SCIS: At each stop of the Roadshow the City-zen team […]

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    Spotlight on Elise le Goff, project manager at CCIAG, Grenoble’s heating company

    December 6, 2016

    In general we tend to publish more on the technologies and processes of our City-zen innovations than about  the people behind them.  However those men and women are the ones we can often learn most from! What are their experiences and lessons learned? Therefore this time, we put the spotlight on Elise le Goff, project […]

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    What legal and financial challenges do we face in the transition towards clean energy in cities ?

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. Sun, wind, biomass or geothermal heat… in theory it’s possible. But what about real life? How do we integrate new energy solutions in existing buildings, systems and, last but not least, the lives of people? What are the legal and financial barriers? Based on the 20 City-Zen demonstration […]

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    Cooling homes by using cold from a river: this is how it works

    “In The Netherlands we know about pumping water. We’ve been doing it for hundreds of years. Aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) also is common in The Netherlands. Both techniques aren’t new. Combining these two proven technologies is however what makes the comfort cooling plant in our Houthaven district innovative.”  Jannis van Zanten, project leader heat […]

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