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    City-zen Virtual Power Plant Bewonersbijeenkomst

    July 16, 2018

    Op 29 juni, een zomerse avond voor het weekend, kwamen deelnemers en het projectteam bijeen om de resultaten rondom City-zen project Virtual Power Plant (VPP) te bespreken. Een Virtual Powerplant – virtuele energiecentrale – is een online platform dat de productie en het verbruik van zonne-energie van mensen verzamelt (door het gebruik van een batterij) […]

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  • Rehabilitation of the Mistral Towers in Grenoble: urban and social renovation

    July 3, 2018

    Interview with Gilles Billion, head of the “rehabilitation service”, who discusses the urban renewal of this neighbourhood in difficulty. “Actis has been a social lessor involved in the energy transition for nearly 10 years*. We have rehabilitated or are rehabilitating more than 1,000 homes at BBC level, resulting in a significant reduction in charges for […]

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  • PV system with storage : an innovative and experimental device in Grenoble

    June 26, 2018

    On May 17, a photovoltaic power plant in self consumption was inaugurated on the roofs of the Grenoble’s local energy and climate agency (ALEC). A look back at this innovation with Jérôme Buffière, project manager at the agency. A few words about the project ? “This type of installation is both a technical demonstrator and […]

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    Ambitious energy retrofit project Airey Buildings in Amsterdam Nieuw-West nominated for Dutch ‘NRP Gulden Feniks’ award

    June 21, 2018

    The ‘NRP Gulden Feniks’ award is a prize for promoting and inspiring sustainable use of the existing environment. The Airey buildings in Amsterdam Nieuw-West are nominated for the category Renovation. On Wednesday the 27th of June the organisation will announce who wins the award. Read more about the organisation and the award [in Dutch] […]

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  • [CITY-ZEN RESEARCH] Connect innovative companies and start-ups

    June 20, 2018

    Ideas and opportunities arise where people and organisations of all sorts meet. City-zen’ believe is that supporting triple helix collaboration (authorities, knowledge institutions and companies) is a prerequisite for urban innovation and focusing on demonstration of innovations and less on technical research alone. For smaller companies, this setting is great to show and demonstrate their […]

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  • Let SCIS help you to overcome obstacles and to become a smart city yourself!

    Have you heard of SCIS, the Smart Cities Information System? The SCIS website brings together projects in the fields of energy, mobility & transport and ICT to stimulate the creation and upscaling of smart cities in Europe, thus providing a higher quality of life for its citizens in a clean and climate friendly urban […]

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  • Implementation of a sustainable cooling system succeeded through social factors

    Dutch water company and Blood Bank combining forces in a new, sustainable and profitable source for cooling. [An article written by Pien Esmeijer, BSc Science, Business and Innovation student at the VU University in Amsterdam, on the occasion of her graduate internship and thesis] As world-wide proclaimed, energy gained from fossil materials is not inexhaustible, […]

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    Homeowner shares his lessons learned in energy efficient home renovation: “take into account the risks”

    June 18, 2018

    We need examples and experiences in sustainable home renovation for making the transition from gas to heat more common. Part of City-zen is the renovation subsidies for homeowners. Homeowners (private individuals, owners associations, housing corporations and investors) in Amsterdam made use of the European City-zen subsidy to make their homes very energy-efficient. The most important […]

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    City-zen at WeMakeThe.City Festival 20-24/06

    June 13, 2018

    WeMakeThe.City is a festival that makes cities better. For five days in a row, urgent everyday challenges in the urban environment will be tackled, together with audience and experts, spread across different locations in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. With lectures, film screenings, expositions, performances, urban expeditions, games, workshops, expert meetings, conversations, labs, maker spaces, and […]

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  • [EVENT REVIEW] International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference (IBPSA) May 2018 – France

    May 31, 2018

    On the occasion of the IBPSA conference that took place on May 15 – 16,  G2Elab presented an “Electrical flexibility analysis of heat pumps in a new residential neighborhood”. This study* was realised in collaboration with GEG, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS and Grenoble INP. Abstract – As Grenoble electrical DSO (Distribution System Operator), GEG whishes […]

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