• L’histoire de deux villes dans un livret final

    décembre 9, 2019

    À la demande de nombreux visiteurs, vous pouvez maintenant télécharger le livret distribué lors de l’événement de clôture de City-zen : L’histoire de deux villes ou comment Amsterdam et Grenoble ont uni leurs efforts sur la voie de la neutralité carbone

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  • City-zen Closing Event: Knowledge To Build A Future

    novembre 30, 2019

    On 14 and 15 November 2019, the City-zen Closing Event took place in Brussels. The two-day event marked the end of the City-zen program. It was a showcase of accumulated knowledge of five years of City-zen projects. The sessions at the event were aimed at integration of results, sharing of learnings and identifying barriers for […]

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  • On the importance of Urban Leadership: Keynote by Joan Fitzgerald

    novembre 29, 2019

    To jumpstart the second day of the City-zen Closing Event, Professor Joan Fitzgerald of Northeastern University delivered a keynote on Urban Leaderhip. In her presentation she drew from her forthcoming book, Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change (Oxford University Press) in which she argues that cities need to act more urgently in reducing greenhouse gas […]

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  • City-zen Closing Event – Presentations & Sketch Notes

    Please find the presentations of the City-zen Closing Event below. The presentations, in PDF format, are displayed by in chronological order and by topic where needed. At the bottom of the page you can see selected sketch notes that were made during the event. They might help trigger your memory or provide insights you might […]

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  • Onward! To the best of times!

    Q&A on the integration of City-zen results in Grenoble and Amsterdam In an intimate setting, the Deputy Mayor of Grenoble, the Director of the Amsterdam Economic Board and the two local City-zen Project Leads discussed how this program has influenced their cities as well as their ways of working. Moderator Froukje Jansen dug deep as […]

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  • Academia meets reality: City-zen Roadshow visits Amersfoort

    novembre 25, 2019

    In October 2019, the City-zen Roadshow visited Amersfoort. Invited by one of the city’s sustainable front-runners, Jo Pieters, the team really looked forward to working with stakeholders in this city known for its sustainability ambitions. The municipality of Amersfoort aims to be without waste and completely CO2-neutral in the next ten years and certainly has […]

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  • Now available: detailed program of City-zen Closing Event (Brussels, 14-15 November)

    novembre 4, 2019

    The program to City-zen’s Closing Event (taking place in Brussels on the 14th and 15th of November, 2019) is now available. Please join us for “A Tale of Two Cities: How Amsterdam and Grenoble combined forces on their way to carbon neutrality”! The first day of the event is all about looking back and finding […]

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  • Un taux d’autoconsommation de 86% pour l’installation photovoltaïque unique de l’ALEC

    octobre 29, 2019

    Depuis une dizaine d’années, la France encourage la mise en place de systèmes photovoltaïques de petite et moyenne taille avec des tarifs d’achat, où toute la production PV est injectée dans le réseau et vendue à un fournisseur d’électricité. Mais aujourd’hui, les gens sont de plus en plus désireux de consommer ce qui est produit […]

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  • metrosoleil.lametro.fr : l’outil en ligne qui calcule le potentiel solaire de votre toiture

    octobre 24, 2019

    Grenoble-Alpes Métropole a pour objectif de multiplier par 6 la production d’électricité photovoltaïque sur son territoire d’ici 2030. Afin de convaincre les particuliers de l’intérêt de s’équiper, les aider à franchir le pas, la Métropole vient de lancer un outil de simulation en ligne, facile, neutre et gratuit : Métrosoleil. Celui-ci calcule le potentiel solaire […]

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  • Register now for City-zen Closing Event, Brussels 14-15 November 2019!

    octobre 7, 2019

    City-zen’s Closing Event will take place in the heart of Brussels on the 14th and 15th of November, 2019. This event marks the end of the City-zen program and will discuss the learnings of no less than 20 projects aimed at CO2 reduction that have taken place in Amsterdam and Grenoble in the past 5 […]

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  • Des rénovations performantes pour économiser l’énergie dans nos logements sociaux

    août 21, 2019

    Mars 2019 – 280 logements sociaux grenoblois ont été rénovés grâce au projet européen City-zen, financé par la Commission Européenne et piloté par la Mission Ville de Demain de la Ville de Grenoble. Ces rénovations ont été menées dans les quartiers Mistral, Saint-Bruno et Teisseire-Malherbes, en partenariat avec les bailleurs sociaux locaux (Actis, Grenoble Habitat, […]

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  • [ATELIER] Solutions énergétiques intelligentes : qu’est-ce qui empêche les villes de mettre ces solutions en œuvre ?

    mai 28, 2019

    Qu’est-ce qui empêche les villes de mettre en œuvre des solutions énergétiques intelligentes ? Participez à nos ateliers de réplication à Bruxelles pour le découvrir ! Inscrivez-vous maintenant ! Pourquoi s’inscrire ? Renseignez-vous sur les obstacles que les municipalités rencontrent dans le développement urbain et qui les empêchent de mettre en œuvre des technologies novatrices […]

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  • City-zen Days : inspiration, leçons tirées et réseautage

    mai 22, 2019

    Les City-zen Days à Amsterdam ont eu lieu du 1er au 3 avril 2019. Cet événement de trois jours a été une source d’inspiration et d’apprentissage pour plus de 100 participants. Un formidable groupe du consortium City-zen, d’entrepreneurs durables, de fonctionnaires et du grand public a passé trois jours sur plusieurs sites à travers la […]

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  • Go2Zero simulation leads to valuable insights during City-zen Roadshow Nicosia

    mai 14, 2019

    Communication and cooperation; those are the two main ingredients for acceleration of the energy transition. This valuable insight was gained during the Go2Zero simulation that took place as part of the City-zen Roadshow in Nicosia, Cyprus. The role playing game, led by consortium partners DNV GL, was hosted by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in […]

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  • Smart Energy Solutions: what’s keeping cities from implementing?

    mai 13, 2019

    Smart city investments have received a lot of attention and funding in the recent past. Most of these initiatives have included attention to replicating to other cities in Europe. However, all these efforts have not led to tangible replication and the enthusiasm about the planned investments often drops shortly after a program’s end. This is […]

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  • City-zen subsidient evidence: sustainable living on the water is possible

    mai 2, 2019

    Wouter Wolfswinkel used City-zen subsidy to turn a 1906 cargo ship into an energy-producing houseboat. This way, he and his family manage to live in a detached house, smack in Amsterdam’s city center – and in a sustainable fashion nonetheless. In an insightful and entertaining (!) story he discloses the ins and outs of sustainable […]

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  • City-Zen Virtual Power Plant Deelnemersavond

    On Wednesday April 10, 2019, Sloten’s Mill staged the third and final participants’ meeting of City-zen’s Virtual Power Plant program. Attendance was high, in spite of the local football club’s Champions League match that same evening. The night focused on sharing the project’s results and its conclusion. Project review The project received quite a lot […]

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  • City-zen Days Amsterdam – Speakers presentations

    Productive Cities – How do we minimize input and maximize output in urban areas Speaker: Professor Greg Keeffe, University of Belfast Download Vulnerable Citizens & policies Speakers: Frits Otte, Utrecht University Download Roadmaps & Roadshows Speaker: Prof. Andy van den Dobbelsteen, TU Delft Additional material (i.e. ‘Energy Slaves’): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcfbp6pqtkw Download   Energy efficiency in refurbished […]

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  • City-zen Roadshow: Nicosia, here we come

    avril 25, 2019

    The City-zen Roadshow is on its way to Nicosia, Cyprus. The team is looking forward to vivid discussions as we ask citizens, local companies, students and government officials to participate in sessions geared towards a shared vision of a carbon neutral and zero energy sustainable city vision. Experts from the University of Central Lancashire, TU […]

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  • Retrofitting: A Living Lab That Delivers Surprising Insights

    One of City-zen’s demonstration projects is ‘Retrofitting Amsterdam towards zero energy building’. Private homeowners, owners associations and housing corporations in Amsterdam applied the City-zen subsidy towards increased energy efficiency. In this report you can see how 14 (out of 66) remarkable projects have come into fruition, battling a variety of challenges along the way. Residents’ […]

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  • Smart Energy Solutions: What Is Keeping Cities From Implementing?

    avril 15, 2019

    Please save-the-date! Join us for replication workshops in the morning of 20 June 2019 as side-events to the EU Sustainable Energy Week!

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  • City-zen Days Amsterdam: first impressions

    The three-day conference on how to reduce CO2-emissions in metropolitan areas spurred discussions, enriched minds with lessons learned and offered excellent networking opportunities. We were honoured by the presence of Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor Marieke van Doorninck, responsible for Spatial Development and Sustainability. Keep your eyes on this site for detailed reports on riveting presentations and […]

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  • Rénovation des copropriétés : exemple d’accompagnement des « pourquoi pas »

    janvier 31, 2019

    Engager la rénovation thermique d’une copropriété demande aux copropriétaires de se mettre collectivement d’accord : les travaux coûtent chers et la prise de décision collective n’est pas simple ! Dans le cadre de City-zen, l’Agence Locale de l’Énergie et du Climat de la métropole grenobloise – ALEC, a souhaité expérimenter un nouveau format d’intervention pour […]

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  • City-zen Fuck-up Night, geleerde lessen #3: Aan ons enthousiasme zal het niet liggen

    décembre 24, 2018

    – aan onze naïviteit wel Waternet houdt zich bezig met alles wat met water te maken heeft in Amsterdam. Afgelopen jaren komt steeds meer de nadruk op duurzaamheid te liggen en welke rol water daarin kan spelen. “Wij startten eigenlijk 5 jaar geleden al met duurzame initiatieven” zegt strategisch adviseur Otto Reinstra. Voor twee veelbelovende […]

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  • Tout électrique : accroître les connaissances et construire un réseau à travers les organismes de logement social à Amsterdam

    janvier 23, 2019

    Aux Pays-Bas, le gaz naturel sera progressivement éliminé dans l’environnement du bâtiment d’ici 2050. Les parties prenantes, y compris les organismes de logement social, sont confrontées à un énorme défi : la conversion d’un système énergétique centralisé au gaz naturel à un système énergétique dans lequel les habitations peuvent être chauffées sans gaz naturel et […]

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  • Gemeente Amsterdam steunt tientallen lokale energiecommissarissen

    décembre 17, 2018

    Terwijl in Katowice de internationale klimaattop afloopt, zijn in Amsterdam tientallen lokale energiecommissarissen benoemd. Zij zijn het aanspreekpunt voor en aanjager van duurzame energieprojecten in hun wijk. Velen hebben hun sporen de afgelopen jaren al verdiend als koploper schone energie. De commissarissen zijn benoemd door Nationaal Energiecommissaris Ruud Koornstra in samenwerking met het Amsterdamse Platform […]

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  • City-zen Fuck-up Night, geleerde lessen #2: Innoveren – binnen de gevestigde orde

    décembre 13, 2018

    Strategisch adviseur Peter Simões kreeg de afgelopen jaren te maken met veel wisselingen in het management en de daarbij horende wijziging in de strategische organisatie. “Was in het begin van dit project de focus gericht op activiteiten buiten de organisatie en het vergroten van de zichtbaarheid, verplaatste de focus naar optimalisatie van de bedrijfsvoering en […]

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  • Amsterdam wil fors inzetten op aquathermie om de stad aardgasvrij te maken met City-zen partner Waternet

    décembre 10, 2018

    Amsterdam wil aquathermie inzetten om de transitie naar aardgasvrije wijken te realiseren. De gemeente en Waterschap Amstel, Gooi en Vecht verkennen de mogelijkheid om met het gezamenlijke watercyclusbedrijf Waternet warmte en koude te onttrekken aan oppervlaktewater, afvalwater en drinkwater. In een brief aan minister Eric Wiebes van Economische Zaken en Klimaat vragen wethouder Sharon Dijksma […]

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  • Deuxième table ronde néerlandaise PLANHEAT sur la production de chaleur et de froid avec les partenaires de City-zen AEB et TU Delft

    janvier 23, 2019

    Le 9 octobre 2018, PLANHEAT et le projet européen City-zen (FP7) ont organisé conjointement une session à la Sustainable Energy Systems Conference à Delft. La session a débuté par une présentation conjointe sur les principales questions qui se posent aux Pays-Bas. (Texte de Planheat, source : planheat.eu/archives/1308). Il y a soixante ans, la découverte du […]

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  • City-zen Fuck-up Night, geleerde lessen #1: Klimaatneutraal worden begint bij de bewoners – maar ze gaven niet thuis

    décembre 3, 2018

    De Fuck-up Night in Antwerpen die op 22 november ’18 plaatsvond, was een avond waarin falen gevierd werd. In het verlengde daarvan lanceren we een serie van drie verhalen over de geleerde lessen bij het maken van fouten. Lees, huiver en doe er je voordeel me; fouten die je niet meer hoeft te maken 🙂 […]

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  • City-zen Roadshow envisions a sustainable future for Preston

    novembre 29, 2018

    The roadshow is coming to town… and bringing good news for a sustainable future. What will life be like in your city the coming decades? After Amsterdam, Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik, Menorca and Roeselare, … UK Preston citizens were invited in the week of November 12 in the frame of the EU funded City-zen project to […]

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    Smart City Expo 2018: the experiences by Amsterdam Smart City

    novembre 19, 2018

    The Amsterdam Smart City is back in the Netherlands after an intense and inspiring week at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Amsterdam was one of the six Dutch cities that showed their projects at the Dutch Pavilion. Besides Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Den Haag and Utrecht prepared a smart city track. […]

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  • [PUBLICATION – EU PVSEC18] Représentation spatiale de la capacité d’hébergement des réseaux basse tension pour les installations photovoltaïques en toiture à l’aide d’un outil open-source

    janvier 30, 2019

    A l’occasion de l’European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), Hespul a publié une étude intitulée  » Spatial representation of low-voltage network hosting capacity for photovoltaic roof-top installations using an open-source tool « . Pour ce travail, deux axes de recherche ont été choisis dans la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France), dont Grenoble-Alpes Métropole dans le […]

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  • Fuckup Night – Let’s talk about failure! – 22 November – Antwerpen

    novembre 6, 2018

    The Smart City project City-zen tests various technological innovations within the urban context of Amsterdam and Grenoble. These innovations at district level as well as at building level contribute to the 20-20-20 objectives of both cities. Super! But… went well! But…did everything go smoothly? You don’t learn much from success stories. Therefore, on 22 November […]

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  • [ÉTUDE] Comprendre quel est le processus de prise de décision qui amène les copropriétaires à s’engager dans des travaux de rénovation

    octobre 31, 2018

    Le laboratoire GAEL, en collaboration avec la Métropole, conduit depuis 2016 une recherche-action pour comprendre les déterminants de la prise de décision des copropriétaires inscrits dans le dispositif Mur | Mur (campagne d’isolation et de rénovation thermique des bâtiments) porté par la Métropole. Cette étude analyse les aspects économiques, financiers et sociologiques qui influencent les […]

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    The Smart City World Expo | Barcelona | 13-15 novembre

    octobre 29, 2018

    L’évènement Smart City World Expo in Barcelona qui aura lieu les 13, 14 et 15 novembre arrive à grands pas !Bien que l’Expo commence le mardi 13 novembre, nous participerons dans le cadre de City-zen à un atelier organisé par la délégation néerlandaise à l’occasion de l’International Business Day le lundi 12 novembre. Nous ferons […]

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  • Vous avez de grandes idées pour améliorer Preston ? Le City-zen Roadshow veut les entendre.

    octobre 24, 2018

    Des experts internationaux vous aideront à concrétiser vos idées. Les participants sont invitées à partager leurs idées sur la façon dont ils aimeraient changer ou améliorer Preston pour en faire une ville plus durable où il fait bon vivre et travailler. Le « City-zen Roadshow » aura lieu à Preston pendant cinq jours, du 12 au 16 […]

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  • Partage d’expériences : les citoyens sont au cœur des démonstrations « Vehicle to grid » et « Virtual Power plant »

    octobre 23, 2018

    Sans les citoyens, pas de démonstrations « Vehicle-to-grid » (littéralement « du véhicule vers le réseau ») et Virtual Power Plant (« centrales électriques virtuelles »). Ils jouent un rôle essentiel dans la transition énergétique car leur implication est essentielle pour avoir un impact. Au cours des deux derniers mois, des réunions ont été organisées avec les citoyens participant à ces […]

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    City-zen’s Vehicle-to-grid laadpaal voorziet Amsterdam Nieuw-West via elektrische deelauto van groene stroom

    octobre 15, 2018

    Voor het eerst in Nederland heeft een elektrische deelauto stroom terug geleverd aan het publieke elektriciteitsnet. Een Nissan LEAF van Buurauto leverde tijdens een test in Amsterdam elektriciteit aan woningen in Nieuw-West via een Vehicle-to-Grid-laadpaal. Vehicle to Grid (V2G) is onderdeel van de Amsterdam Smart City ‘City-Zen programma’ en initiatiefnemers zijn NewMotion, Nissan, Buurauto en […]

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  • SAVE THE DATE – City-zen days from 1 to 3 April 2019 – Amsterdam

    octobre 12, 2018

      Amsterdam invites you to experience the heart of its energy transition from 1-3 April 2019. We are very happy to announce the dates for the City-zen Days in Amsterdam on 1-3 April 2019! More information to follow; please put these dates in your agenda. We will be starting to build the programme soon. If […]

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  • Vehicle-to-grid bewonersbijeenkomst

    octobre 11, 2018

    [for English, read below] Op 25 september vond een event plaats om samen met buurtbewoners van Amsterdam Nieuw-West in gesprek te gaan over een innovatie die bij hun in de buurt plaatsvindt: de Vehicle-to-Grid laadtechnologie. Centraal stond het delen van het innovatieve karakter van dit project, de bewustwording dat de wijk meer duurzaam opgewekte energie […]

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    Energy Storage NL publiceert energieopslagkaart van Nederland

    septembre 10, 2018

    Energy Storage NL heeft een interactieve energieopslagkaart gepubliceerd. Uit deze kaart blijkt dat er al tientallen energieopslagprojecten in Nederland actief of in ontwikkeling zijn. Het City-zen project Virtual Power Plant is een van de projecten in Amsterdam. ‘De kaart is en dynamische database, gebaseerd op informatie van onze deelnemers’, zegt Stefan Olsthoorn, projectmanager bij Energy […]

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  • Waternet, Sanquin et TU Delft, partenaires City-zen, récompensés par une médaille de bronze au « IWA Project Innovation Award 2018 »

    octobre 23, 2018

    Waternet, Sanquin et TU Delft sont récompensés par une médaille de bronze à l’IWA « Project Innovation Award 2018 » avec le projet : les process pharmaceutiques de la banque de sang, rafraîchis par le froid des infrastructures d’eau potable. La cérémonie a eu lieu le lundi 17 septembre lors de la remise des « Project Innovation Awards […]

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  • First PLANHEAT transition round table in the Netherlands with City-zen partner TU Delft

    août 10, 2018

    On 26 June 2018, PLANHEAT, City-zen (FP7 project) as well as MSG and EBN organised a heating & cooling transition round table  at the VNG annual conference (the Dutch Association of Municipalities) in Maastricht, which was attended by around 40 mayors and aldermen from every region in the Netherlands. (Text by Planheat, source: planheat.eu/archives/1308). The heating and cooling […]

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    Vehicle-to-grid shares lessons learned at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week

    août 1, 2018

    From 5-7 June 2018, the SCIS consortium was represented at this year’s European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). More than 2.500 participants attended the Networking Village and over 60 sessions at the Policy Conference organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The focus of […]

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    City-zen Virtual Power Plant Bewonersbijeenkomst

    juillet 16, 2018

    [For English, read below] 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 […]

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  • Réhabilitation des tours Mistral à Grenoble: une rénovation urbaine et sociale

    juillet 3, 2018

    Entretien avec Gilles Billion, responsable «service réhabilitation» qui revient sur le renouvellement urbain de ce quartier en difficulté. « Actis est un bailleur social engagé dans la transition énergétique depuis près de 10 ans*. Nous avons réhabilité ou nous sommes en train de réhabiliter plus de 1 000 logements au niveau BBC, ce qui entraine une […]

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  • Système PV avec stockage : un dispositif innovant et expérimental à Grenoble

    juin 27, 2018

    Le 17 mai, une centrale photovoltaïque en autoconsommation a été inaugurée sur les toits de l’Agence locale de l’énergie et du climat de Grenoble (ALEC). Retour sur cette innovation avec Jérôme Buffière, chef de projet à l’agence. Quelques mots sur le projet ? « Ce type d’installation est à la fois un démonstrateur technique et un […]

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

    juin 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] nrpguldenfeniks.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/zeven-nominaties-voor-nrp-gulden-feniks-2018/ […]

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  • [Étude City-zen] Connecter les entreprises innovantes et les start-ups

    juin 26, 2018

    Les idées et les occasions se présentent là où les gens et les organisations de toutes sortes se rencontrent. Nous sommes convaincus que le soutien à la collaboration entre autorités, institutions de connaissance et entreprises est une condition préalable à l’innovation urbaine. Il ne s’agit plus de se concentrer sur la recherche technique seule mais […]

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  • SCIS vous aide à surmonter les obstacles et à devenir une ville intelligente!

    Avez-vous déjà entendu parler de SCIS, le système d’information sur les villes intelligentes? Le site Web www.smartcities-infosystem.eu qui rassemble des projets dans les domaines de l’énergie, de la mobilité et des transports et des TIC a été mis en place afin de stimuler la création et l’expansion de villes intelligentes en Europe, et ainsi offrir […]

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  • Mise en place d’un système de refroidissement durable réussie grâce à des facteurs sociaux.

    La société néerlandaise de distribution de l’eau et la banque de sang unissent leurs forces pour une nouvelle source de refroidissement durable et rentable. [Un article écrit par Pien Esmeijer,étudiante à l’université VU d’Amsterdam – Sciences, commerce et innovation, à l’occasion de son stage de fin d’études et de sa thèse] Comme tout le monde […]

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    « Prendre en compte les risques »: Un propriétaire partage les leçons qu’il a tirées en matière de rénovation énergétique

    juin 27, 2018

    Nous avons besoin d’exemples et de retours d’expérience en matière de rénovation durable pour rendre plus commune la transition du gaz vers des sources renouvelables de chaleur. City-zen subventionne en partie des projets de rénovation énergétique. Les propriétaires (particuliers, copropriétaires, sociétés de logement et investisseurs) d’Amsterdam ont utilisé cette subvention pour rendre leur maison très […]

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

    mai 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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    Vehicle-2-Grid in SCIS Podcast [listen to the podcast]

    mai 23, 2018

    SCIS Podcast Episode 1: Bidirectional Chargers [listen to this podcast 23:19] City-zen project Vehicle-2-Grid has been featured in the first episode of the SCIS podcast « Urban Reverb ». « If we want to make this a proper product to be placed in the grid, then the price of the charger needs to go down a lot. » Quote […]

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    Alliander attended a roundtable discussion with NRW-minister of Economic Affairs at German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce (article in Dutch)

    mai 3, 2018

    City-zen – energietransitie en -opslagmedia – projecten Virtual Power Plant en Vehicle 2 Grid waren onderdeel van gesprek tijdens het bezoek van de minister van Economische Zaken van Noordrijn-Westfalen Pinkwart aan de Duits-Nederlandse Handelskamer (DNHK) in Den Haag. Minister Pinkwart, Economische Zaken van Noordrijn-Westfalen, bezocht op 20 april de Duits-Nederlandse Handelskamer (DNHK) in Den Haag. […]

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  • City-zen roadshow landed in Roeselare

    mai 2, 2018

    Within our FP7 Smart Cities City-zen project, I, Sarah Bogaert (Project Manager Energy District Design at Vito), consider the Roadshow to be a superb case of implementing the principle “Think Global, Act Local”. After roadshows in Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik, Menorca and Sevilla, this week the roadies have landed in my own beloved country, in Roeselare […]

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    City-zen colleague Andy van den Dobbelsteen receives Royal Distinction

    avril 30, 2018

    Andy van den Dobbelsteen (Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability at TU Delft) was suprised with a Royal Distinction during the annual Royal Distinction Day or ‘Lintjesregen’. He received the distinction ‘Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw’ at the Delft town hall from Delft mayor Marja van Bijsterveldt. Andy has been dedicated to […]

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  • City-zen demonstration projects’ crucial role in pushing new regulatory frameworks

    avril 9, 2018

    A research on legal and financial barriers faced in innovative energy projects For more results, click here or check our final interactive booklet ! To realize a clean-energy system, the city’s energy infrastructure and buildings are redesigned and new energy services are developed. These changes naturally meet economic and regulatory friction: laws and regulations are still […]

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  • The Energy Transition Roadmap to Paris

    avril 5, 2018

    Both City-zen cities Amsterdam and Grenoble working on their Energy Transition Roadmap. We may call it a coincidence: both approximately 500 km away from the real Paris. The roadmap is for these cities the route to the Paris Agreement. After years of in-depth research, the time has come to start the movement in real time. […]

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  • Roadmaps and crystal balls at City-zen

    mars 27, 2018

    How can we guarantee that our cities will be future fit? The answer is that we can’t. Even trying to determine something as basic to daily life as the price of fuel beyond 2030, in the words of Hélène Poimboeuf, Grenoble’s Energy Transition Director, “is like looking into a crystal ball”. The cities of Amsterdam […]

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  • Dutch Vehicle to Grid pilot: charge and deliver – World premiere in Amsterdam

    février 28, 2018

    Amsterdam is the first city in the world that installed public charge points that can charge electric vehicles and deliver electricity back to the grid by using Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. Vehicle to Grid is part of a collaboration between grid company Alliander, technology company Enervalis, NewMotion and innovation platform Amsterdam Smart City ‘City-Zen […]

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  • Let’s check: is the energy use of our renovated buildings really improving?

    février 21, 2018

    Insulation, solar panels, HR glazing and new installations. All over Europe the existing building stock gets updated to become NZEB, a (Nearly) Zero Energy Building. We’d like to know if these renovations live up to their expectations and which investments are the smartest. Therefore we monitor the energy performance of all buildings within the framework […]

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  • City-zen Virtual Power Plant wins the Green Digital Charter Award 2017

    janvier 25, 2018

    The Amsterdam Virtual Power Plant, in which some 50 households jointly trade the energy from their home batteries, was awarded the Green Digital Charter Award 2017 by Eurocities during the ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation Collaboration and Trust’ conference in Brussels on 23 January. Since the summer of 2017, the solar energy that is not […]

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  • What are your experiences with energy-saving measures? Have you taken energy-saving measures at home or not?

    décembre 12, 2017

    Let us learn from you so that we can reduce the energy consumption in Europe even further. More and more people are deciding to renovate their house in a sustainable manner: for example with insulation, double glazing or by installing solar panels. You might be one of them. But it is also possible that you […]

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  • Schéma directeur de l’énergie de la Métro : Moins de gaspillage, plus de renouvelable

    Le véritable moyen d’avancer dans la transition énergétique, c’est de réussir à consommer moins d’énergie pour se chauffer, se déplacer, fabriquer… C’est aussi remplacer progressivement les énergies fossiles comme le gaz, l’essence et le fioul par des énergies renouvelables ! Pour y arriver, Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole s’est dotée d’une feuille de route exigeante d’ici à 2030. Entre […]

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  • Défi Écoles à énergie positive à Grenoble : l’ALEC et GEG, un partenariat qui se poursuit

    décembre 11, 2017

    L’ALEC (agence climat et énergie) anime et organise chaque année le challenge énergétique de l’école, un programme de Grenoble Alpes Métropole. L’objectif est de sensibiliser les plus jeunes au réchauffement climatique, aux économies d’énergie et à la pollution de l’air. La compréhension de ces problèmes peut sembler abstraite pour des enfants de 10 ans. C’est […]

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  • This is what motivated Koos, Frank and Jan to renovate their Amsterdam homes in a highly energy efficient way.

    novembre 28, 2017

    About 5 years ago, ventilating the desire to eat less meat would have been frowned upon. Going vegan would have meant social suicide. Not today. Living a more sustainable lifestyle is on the rise. The number of people that separate waste or buy organic is growing. But when it comes to bigger investments, such as […]

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  • Grenoble « Ville de demain » : Contribuez !

    décembre 12, 2017

    « Grenoble Ville de demain », est une plateforme qui veut rassembler tous les talents de la ville pour faire de la transition énergétique une réalité. La transition a différents caractères: économique, social, urbain, énergétique, numérique, … et chacun peut prendre part aux solutions. Des citoyens aux décideurs à travers les scientifiques ou les acteurs culturels, tout […]

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  • Smart Stories that make Amsterdam Smart City possible !

    novembre 27, 2017

    Amsterdam Smart City collected 20 ways of looking at a bright future for the city in an online magazine. Check out some of the highlights of the past two years, including City-zen projects In cold blood, introducing the innovative solution of Cooling with Drinking water and Living of the grid, a user story about the […]

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  • AEB and Port of Amsterdam supply sustainable ship-to-shore power to vessels in Amsterdam

    novembre 14, 2017

    AEB Amsterdam, Port of Amsterdam, Senfal and Energy eXchange Enablers will jointly supply ship-to-shore power to river cruise and inland navigation vessels. The pilot project is intended to promote the use of sustainable, locally generated power in the port and to reduce costs. The participation of AEB Amsterdam is an important step for the ship-to-shore […]

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  • Lecture urban transition by prof. van Timmeren en Dr. Martin now online available

    septembre 26, 2017

    Watch the lecture prof. Arjan van Timmeren (AMS institute) and Dr. Craig Martin (TU Delft) gave on September 11th (2017) at the Delft University of Technology about urban transitions.  On 11 September, prof. Arjan van Timmeren (Environmental Technology & Design) talked about cities, knowledge institutions, citizens and industries working together on advanced metropolitan solutions. Examples e.g. […]

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  • The secret to citizen engagement. Lessons from a Manchester success story.

    septembre 25, 2017

    Does your project’s success depend on the involvement of citizens? But are you struggling to interest or motivate them for subjects you are passionate about, such as clean energy, smart cities or sustainability? Last March, when visiting Manchester, we had the pleasure of meeting Dave Coleman, co-founder and Managing Director of the Carbon Literacy Project (and member […]

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  • Why carefully designed clean energy plans often end up in the trashcan

    juillet 11, 2017

    You thought you were doing a good job. Together with your team, you have been carefully designing a plan to connect one of the city’s districts to a specific clean energy solution that could bring down carbon emissions drastically. But all of a sudden the grid operator says no: making the necessary adjustments is too […]

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  • Sneak preview of soon to be published key-barriers-to-energy-transition research

    What does it take to realize clean energy in cities? What barriers do we need to remove to make it happen? Last year the Amsterdam Centre for Energy (University of Amsterdam), DNV GL and La Metro examined which economic and regulatory barriers the various City-zen projects experience when trying to achieve a fossil free city. […]

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  • A look back at #EUSEW17: inspiring speakers, compelling conversations and smart city storytelling

    juillet 4, 2017

    by Yana Pargova, Project Manager, GOPA Com – 03 July 2017 Original article Another great edition of EU Sustainable Week is behind us! The event offered three dynamic days filled with interesting discussions, inspiring speakers and conversations that you wished would never end. We, the Smart Cities Information System’s (SCIS) team, had more excitement than […]

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  • Innovative home battery project in Amsterdam in the spotlight

    juin 27, 2017

    On Friday 23rd of June, 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 […]

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

    juin 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

    juin 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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  • WEBINAR: On dealing with non-technical challenges such as social acceptance in smart city projects

    City-zen’s Craig Lee Martin (Technical University of Delft) 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 […]

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  • [SÉMINAIRE] Donnée énergies / Self data – Mercredi 14 juin à Grenoble

    mai 31, 2017

    Comment accompagner une gestion collaborative des données accessibles, partagées et sécurisées ? Vincent Fristot – adjoint à la transition énergétique, Laurence Comparat – adjointe à l’Open Data et Christine Gochard – directrice générale de GEG vous invitent à venir échanger avec des spécialistes de la donnée et de sa protection. Séminaire dédié aux professionnels sur […]

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  • City-zen project shows European cities the way

    mai 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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  • Rénovation des copropriétés : rêver d’abord, décider après

    juin 13, 2017

    Pour engager une rénovation thermique de leur copropriété, la majorité des propriétaires votants doivent y être favorables. Si prendre une décision collective n’est jamais simple, quand elle engage de l’argent, c’est encore pire. Pour répondre à ces difficultés, l’Agence Locale de l’Energie et du Climat de la métropole grenobloise – ALEC, – a créé un […]

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

    avril 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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  • Due to great success, a second edition of the Mur/Mur insulation campaign is launched : interview with its driving forces

    avril 10, 2017

    In 2010, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole (La Métro: the metropolis authority) and its partners launched the Mur|Mur, insulation campaign to realise its objectives formulated in the “Air-Energy-Climate plan”: a massive reduction of energy consumption while improving housing quality. This plan gave technical and financial support to citizens that want to renovate their homes in a highly energy […]

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  • In Grenoble’s Presqu’ile Ecodistrict, 800 dwellings will be heated and cooled with geothermal energy

    Awarded by the government “Investments for the future”, Grenoble is making sustainable building a priority, in particular in the Presqu’ile area. For this purpose, the city relies on new technologies and innovations. City-zen takes part in this ambitious project. In addition to being a university and research campus, the Presqu’ile area will host many new […]

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  • Different challenges, same goal: ambitious European cities strive for clean energy.

    mars 28, 2017

      When it comes to the transition towards clean energy, cities are more ambitious than their national governments. To be able to move forward, cities are looking for support, room to experiment and new competences. That was the main message to the European Commission and Parliament at the political debate on the third and final […]

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  • What we can learn from the world’s top 3 smart cities

    City-zen was featured in an article by Startup Grind:  You probably know there are more than 7 billion living humans on Earth, but have you noticed that between the years 1900 and 2000 the world’s population increase was three times greater than the entire previous history of humanity? Yes, this is an increase from 1.5 […]

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

    février 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

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

    février 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

    janvier 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?

    janvier 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 Rockstart.com: 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

    décembre 16, 2016

    On the 8th of december smartcities-infosystem.eu (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

    décembre 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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  • How to make a monumental post war building futureproof? Housing cooperation Eigen Haard took up the challenge successfully

    How to make a monumental post war building futureproof ? Dutch housing cooperation Eigen Haard took up the challenge successfully: their model is now widely adopted by others. Between 1949 and 1965, 10.000 Nemavo-Airey dwellings were constructed in the Netherlands, half of them in Amsterdam. As the small apartments (40-60m2) and the poor insulation do […]

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  • Sustainable energy : hot topic for houseboat owners in Amsterdam

    décembre 5, 2016

    It turns out many people living in houseboats on the Amsterdam canals and surrounding waters have an above average interest in sustainable living. A great number of them have turned their homes in super energy-efficient floating houses. High demand To inspire others living on the water in Amsterdam and share their knowledge and experience, City-zen […]

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  • Serious role playing game GO2ZERO for energy decision makers ready to GO!

    Amsterdam Smart City’s Annelies, Rick and Colette were invited to take part in the very first test session of the serious role playing game GO2ZERO, developed by City-zen’s partners Delft University of Technology and DNV-GL. Colette after playing the game: “It turns out being a local energy supplier isn’t easy! Playing the game gave me […]

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  • Citizens say yes to home battery project in Amsterdam

    It turns out that Amsterdam’s district Nieuw-West is home to many energy pioneers. Within a month, 37 people with PV panels have signed up for a pilot project with home batteries that lets them store (or sell at a favourable time) their surplus solar energy. 15 more have shown serious interest in participation. Outside Nieuw-West, […]

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  • Beta version of award winning game Age of Energy live

    “The last couple of months have been hard work, but the new artwork and numerous playability upgrades have definitely been worth it!” Gerben Kijne (Clicks +Links) The Age of Energy, the award winning game designed to make it fun to start saving energy at home, is now available for public beta testing in Android. Head […]

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  • Sanquin and Waternet join efforts to reuse cold from drinking water infrastructure for cooling

    novembre 24, 2016

    Beginning of November an innovative City-zen project in Amsterdam Nieuw-West was officially kicked off : blood bank Sanquin and water company Waternet started constructing a connection to the main piping system of the drinking water infrastructure. This connection facilitates the use of cold from the drinking water infrastructure. A project that creates a win-win situation […]

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  • Amsterdam 2050: A gas free city

    novembre 22, 2016

    Amsterdam will not use any natural gas anymore to heat its buildings in 2050. A bold strategy to achieve this ambitious goal has been announced by the municipality last week. The city will work together with housing corporations, the tenants association and gas grid and district heating operators on this mayor transition. Already next year, […]

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  • City-zen/EU GUGLE : 2 projects for shared goals

    octobre 27, 2016

    Sustainable renovation models from smarter cities. That are the keywords of the EU GUGLE project and one of the objectives City-zen stands for. On two occasions, we had the opportunity to meet members of EU GUGLE and learn more about their strategies and activities to reach their goals : in Vienna and during the SCIS […]

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  • City-zen field trip in Vienna

    octobre 20, 2016

    On 3-5 october 2016, we organised, with our partner Energy Cities, a field trip in Vienna to know more about the city strategy on retrofitting, citizens empowerment and district heating. Vienna, one of the most livable cities, draws its future in a smart city framework to carry on ensuring quality of life through innovation. These […]

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  • Heat meets Power

    août 30, 2016

    June 9 2016, DNV GL and Warmtenetwerk organized a knowledge exchange seminar with support from City-zen on the hot topic of Heat meets Power. More and more it is recognized that (sustainable) electricity and heat infrastructures could be mutually interesting in stabilization of grids and in optimizing the business case for renewables. About 50 people […]

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  • DNV GL visual analytics toolkit for Smart Green Cities – CLAIRE

    Gain data-driven insight and a clear overview to make informed decisions in the complex Smart Green Cities landscape of technical, social and economic transitions. By 2050, some 70% of the world will be living in cities, irrevocably changing the relationships between cities and their surroundings. This explosive urban growth will have a huge impact, including […]

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  • EUSEW16 – Webinars on retrofitting and citizen engagement are online

    juillet 4, 2016

    Did you miss our webinars during the EUSEW ? Don’t worry, you can find them below.   Retrofitting webinar Citizen engagement webinar   For more webinars (finance, district heating and cooling, replication at scale)

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  • Sanlih-E TV shows City-zen’s projects in Amsterdam to Asian audience

    juin 2, 2016

    Especially for the Asian followers of City-zen, we would like to draw your attention to this broadcast of the Taiwanese Sanlih-E Television. They’ve filmed in Amsterdam in spring 2016 and visited AEB and Sanquin, showing their plants and the way City-zen helps them to reduce CO2 emissions.  

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  • What else is happening in City-zen cities ?

    Both Amsterdam and Grenoble launched a new platform recently, gathering many smart and sustainable ideas, projects and people. Have a look at Amsterdam Smart City and Ville de Demain of Grenoble to see what’s else is happening in City-zen’s cities.

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  • Grenoble’s local energy and climate agency

    Established in 1998 on the initiative of local authorities, Grenoble’s local energy and climate agency (ALEC) advises both stakeholders and citizens from the metropolitan area. ALEC aims to change habits and mentalities in the field of housing, mobility, lifestyle and consumption. ALEC has become a major partner of local authorities for monitoring energy use and […]

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  • City-zen : make things happen!

    juin 1, 2016

    We all know that running innovation is not « a long calm river ». New challenges and impacts from external factors may disturb the original framework. And as we do with climate change, we need to adapt. City-zen can’t escape from this rule and an amendment is being submitted which includes smaller and larger changes compared to […]

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  • City-zen crossed interviews – TU Delft and Queen’s University Belfast

    mai 31, 2016

    TU Delft Craig Martin Queen’s University Belfast Greg Keeffe   Why are you part of the project ? Craig Martin : My role is to coordinate the ‘Roadshow’, together with its student-focused precursor, the ‘SWAT Studio’. I define the Roadshow method by which the team approaches each hosting city. The aim is to actively engage […]

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  • GEG/ATOS innovative projects – latest news

    mai 26, 2016

    EcoCity GEG manages the « Smart Grid » part of the Grenoble EcoCity project with Atos Worldgrid . In the bargain, new jobs and new services to enable everyone ( residential customer , service, community) , to better manage their consumption , improve energy efficiency and monitor the effectiveness of actions implemented . Achievements  Deployment of the […]

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  • An interview with Marjolein Cazemier. Together with 9 other couples they transformed a former school building into family homes.

    mai 19, 2016

    « We live in a hyper-modern and energy efficient house, but with the character and atmosphere of a nineteenth century school”. Marjolein and her husband, along with nine other couples, bought an old school building in Amsterdam,  Oud-West. Together with their son they now live in a former classroom that has been converted into large house. […]

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  • Clicks and Links game nominated for Big Chip Awards

    mai 3, 2016

    The Age of Energy game has been shortlisted for the Big Chip Awards 2016 in the category “Best Public Sector Project”! The game allows youngsters to take up energy saving challenges. Big Chip is the UK’s longest running digital industry awards and the biggest outside London. It has an unrivalled reputation for judging consistency and […]

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  • EeB PPP Project Review 2016 published

    mars 16, 2016

    The EeB PPP Project Review 2016 lists the progress of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 17 new co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014. City-zen is one of them. This list gives a comprehensive insight in the focus […]

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  • City-zen funding for retrofitting projects in Amsterdam – energy efficient home renovations

    mars 10, 2016

    The European Commission provides funding through City-zen for energy efficient home renovations. Amsterdam Smart City is looking for inspiring and innovative projects in Amsterdam. Some residents have already taken this step, like Wigger Verschoor from Amsterdam North, who has almost completed his home energy efficient home renovation. Wigger Verschoor alongside his energy-efficient heating system. Photo […]

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  • AMS Institute to lead smart cities sessions during economic mission to France (10 / 11 March)

    mars 7, 2016

    Both French and Dutch cities are increasingly facing challenges of sustainability and quality of life and therefore need smart metropolitan solutions. Making the city ‘smart’ – or similarly ‘intelligent’ or ‘innovative’ – can help to tackle and mitigate these challenges. To share thoughts and experiences and to come to further cooperation, ‘smart cities’ is one […]

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  • Ambitious residential retrofit projects for City-zen in Amsterdam.

    février 8, 2016

    Homeowners can apply again for European support. At the end of 2015, homeowners of ambitious residential energy retrofit projects in Amsterdam were able to apply for European support via City-zen. Amsterdam Smart City selected projects with in total 475 dwellings. Not only housing corporations and property investors, but also homeowners and co-owners applied. For the […]

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  • Privé : La démarche « Grenoble, ville de demain »: une nouvelle opportunité pour promouvoir City-zen localement

    Mardi 26 janvier, près de 200 personnes se sont rassemblées au Musée de Grenoble pour le lancement officiel de la démarche Grenoble, ville de demain, impulsée par la municipalité. Des outils et des projets sont mis à disposition pour accroître le potentiel d’innovation de Grenoble: City-zen est l’un d’eux!

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  • Gerben Kijne, the designer of The Age of Energy on 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 list

    février 2, 2016

    Forbes 30 under 30 list is a list of 300 top of top young leaders, inventors and brash entrepreneurs. Gerben Kijne made it on the list with the game the Age of Energy, developed by partner Clicks and Links. “The design boss of Age of Energy, Kijne, gamifies power consumption in households using smartphones. The […]

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  • City-zen roadshow in Belfast – Part II

    janvier 28, 2016

    City-by-City, the collaborative Roadshow methodology will be further developed. In order to address these city challenges effectively, the Roadshow makes use of two contextually dependent approaches. One designed by TU Delft, focusing on energy synergies, the other being a creative design project that responds to spatial & social questions. This is complemented by a trade […]

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  • City-zen roadshow starts in Belfast

    janvier 26, 2016

    From the 18th till the 22th of January the first City-zen Roadshow was officially in Belfast! The roadshow consists of a 5-days event in which technologies will be demonstrated, futures are mapped, sustainable propositions are designed then evaluated. This will culminate on the final day with a presented city vision for Belfast. Travelling with the […]

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  • City-zen exhibits at the Smart City Experience Lab in Amsterdam

    décembre 10, 2015

    The experience Lab is situated at the ‘Marineterrein’ in Amsterdam, where the European Presidency will take place in the first half of 2016. It’s an excellent opportunity to visit and learn more about the City-zen project and smart cities. The Smart City Experience Lab, recently opened its doors in order to provide an exciting experience […]

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  • UPDATE: City-zen on the road!

    novembre 20, 2015

    We are about to head into a new year. For most people a time to reflect on the past year and what’s on the road for 2016. The City-zen project started about one and a half year ago and it is time to accelerate. The consortium partners and the advisory board visited Amsterdam late September […]

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  • VivaCity, 1st collaborative energy data management programme – Latest developments

    novembre 19, 2015

    The programme VivaCity involves the developement of an experimental platform for collaborative energy data management, covering the perimeter of the Grenoble EcoCity. It is run by GEG in collaboration with Atos Worldgrid and utility operators in Grenoble (CCIAG). In 2015, the following developments have been realized : 29 dwellings were upgraded with smart meters, installed […]

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  • Three lessons from City-zen in Amsterdam New West – Column by Mirko Van Vliet

    The district Amsterdam New-West is a ‘small giant’ by itself with its own specific set of challenges and opportunities. Characterized by cultural diversity, contrasting neighborhoods and citizens with a drive to innovate. After one and a half year of project experience in the district, what lessons can City-zen share with cities across Europe? What challenges […]

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  • Waternet delivers winter cold out of drinking water to Sanquin

    Waternet recently launched their plans to cool blood bank Sanquin with cold from drinking water. This will be stored under the ground in winter and will be used for the blood banks cooling systems in summer. A very « cool » and sustainable initiative. In the winter, Waternet’s drinking water is extra cold, and now gets an […]

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  • The first City-zen « Roadshow » travels to Belfast in January 2016!

    The City-zen Roadshow will travel the length and breadth of Europe to define sustainable visions for cities, its neighborhoods and its citizens. In total 8 cities will be visited over the next 4 years, each roadshow consisting of a 5-day event in which technologies will be demonstrated, futures are mapped, sustainable propositions are designed then […]

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  • Smart Cities Information System

    novembre 10, 2015

    Supported by the European Commission, the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is a continuation of the CONCERTO series of projects, started back in 2005. The SCIS also focuses on the energy dimension of ICT and transport that already includes city buildings, building clusters and city districts. It reflects the growing importance of innovation in urban […]

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  • WANTED: suitable battery systems

    novembre 9, 2015

    Grid Operator Alliander and Energy Provider Greenspread are looking for a supplier of suitable battery systems for the project Energy Storage for Households / City-zen. Is this exactly the opportunity your company is looking for? Do not hesitate and check the demands at TenderNed. Submit before 31-12-2015 and maybe your product will be part of […]

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  • Amsterdam Smart City launches a call to identify suitable retrofit projects for City-zen.

    octobre 23, 2015

    Owners of ambitious energy retrofit projects in Amsterdam can apply for European support via City-zen until November 30th, 2015. The available support of 2,6 million euro will be distributed to the most ambitious projects, with the largest reduction in CO2 emission reduction. Not only housing corporations and property investors can apply but also home-owners and […]

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  • Developer City-zen Serious Game nominated for Young Innovator Award – Wien, Austria

    octobre 19, 2015

    Gerben Kijne (Clicks and Links) is nominee in the category « Young innovator award ».  For the first time ever, European Utility Week will hold an Industry Awards ceremony for those who have shown outstanding commitment and accomplishments to a sustainable utility industry. The Young Innovator Award serves to scout out and recognise an individual who has […]

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  • Amsterdam field visit great success

    octobre 6, 2015

    From September 20 till September 23, Amsterdam hosted the second City-zen field visit.  In 3 days, representatives of the 22 partners together with the members of the Advisory Board visited the Waste to Energy Company (AEB Amsterdam) , the circular and sustainable city district Buikloterham and other  inspiring locations to debate with, learn from and inspire each […]

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  • Circular and sustainable Buiksloterham

    octobre 1, 2015

    The city district of Buiksloterham (Amsterdam) – right across the IJ river on the backside of Central Station – is aiming to be circular and sustainable.In this area a grassroot,  hackable, organic area development is taking the place of traditional property development of this former brownfield area. This new form of development ask for new […]

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  • Arjan van Timmeren appointed Scientific Director of AMS Institute.

    septembre 3, 2015

    AMS Institute is a new ambitious scientific institute located in Amsterdam. In this institute science, education, government, business partners and societal organizations are working tightly together to create solutions for the complex challenges a metropolitan region like Amsterdam is facing.

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  • The Things Network wants to make every city smart

    septembre 1, 2015

    Amsterdam is set to become a ‘connected city,’ with the launch of a new Internet-of-Things wireless network that will allow objects to transmit data between each other – and The Next Web is helping to bring it to life. The Things Network is a first-of-its-kind system that uses low-power, low-bandwidthLoRaWAN technology to cover the city […]

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  • « The Smart Citizen » about Amsterdam

    juillet 21, 2015

    While most cities are struggling to manage the triple helix of collaboration (government, vendor and academia) to improve their smart credentials, the city of Amsterdam has effortlessly strung the fourth strand in its helix: the say-so of community.  The DNA of Amsterdam is in trade and its mayor Eberhard van der Laan is clear that […]

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  • The Age Of Energy: the first game to turn energy saving into something fun.

    juin 30, 2015

    The Age of Energy (previously known as SmartSim game) has launched a new website and from now on it’s possible to sign up for the newsletter and e early acces beta testing team. The Age of Energy works the same way as familiar freemium smartphone games. The only difference is that instead of asking you […]

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  • First demo in Amsterdam ready : school benefits from Comfort Cooling with cold from the IJ river

    mai 22, 2015

    Last September, the newly built elementary schools Het Meervoud and De Houthaven in the Houthaven district in Amsterdam opened its doors to their pupils and staff. As these buildings are connected to the Comfort Cooling network, this means the first part of the first demonstration in Amsterdam is ready! Just as the other parts of […]

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  • Local news from Amsterdam – Spotlight Amsterdam Smart City

    Spotlight Amsterdam Smart City – Hielke Ploeg Since studying at the University of Amsterdam, my bond with Amsterdam has grown ever stronger. I’ve become “smarter”. Having children – my own little Amsterdammers – has helped me to once again become more aware of how important it is to use our energy responsibly. Not only because […]

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  • City-zen crossed interviews : Atos and Siemens

    Siemens Nederland NV Louis Bekker ATOS Worldgrid Jean-Louis Deimerly Why are you part of the project ? Siemens is industrial partner in the project since innovative technologies are major levers for sustainable city development. Effective infrastructure contributes to economic prosperity and an improved quality of live. The complexity involved requires a holistic view, sustainable and smart […]

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  • An update on the SmartSim Game – By Gerben Kijne

    mai 5, 2015

    The last couple of months, the Alpha version of City-zens behaviour change game was tested in Amsterdam. Reactions were positive and we’ve received constructive feedback to take into account while developing the Beta version. Most importantly, players seemed to really enjoy the competition that ensued from the test session and some players broke all records […]

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  • City-zen, a project in blossom

    mai 4, 2015

    It’s late spring. The narcissus near the Sloterplas in Amsterdam have fainted away and the temperature in the valley of Grenoble is rising slowly but steadily. Some days it feels like summer already.  It’s not only spring in nature, but also in our project. City-zen is gearing up to get to full blossom. The first […]

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  • City-zen field trip in Grenoble

    avril 17, 2015

    On the 8th and 9th of April 2015, Grenoble hosted the first field trip for City-zen and local partners. The puprose of this visit was to discover Grenoble ambitious projects and to participate in the debate on the challenges facing the city. Round tables and site visits marked this field trip, which offered a wealth […]

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  • Brilliant ideas : 5 of the smartest cities in Europe

    mars 25, 2015

    Read on for a list of three stellar cities (in no particular order) – what they’re doing how they’re doing it and why we want more like them around the world. 1. Barcelona, Spain Start with a city that hosts its own annual Smart City Expo. Add to that a robust and wide-reaching public Wi-Fi […]

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  • VivaCity, 1st collaborative energy data management programme

    février 3, 2015

    The Grenoble territory, an ideal environment for innovation and energy transition, is promoting a ground-breaking collaborative energy management approach. Its originality lies in a trial of joined-up cooperation between local energy operators, in a joint building initiative between the city of Grenoble and Grenoble Alpes Métropole. This programme, called VivaCity, involves the development of an […]

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  • Amsterdam outlines new sustainability measures

    décembre 12, 2014

    The Amsterdam College of Mayor and Alderpersons have outlined new plans to increase the pace of improving sustainability in the Dutch capital. As part of the new motion, the number of households using locally-generated sustainable electricity needs to have increased by at least 92,000 by 2020. Concrete plans have been drawn up for energy saving […]

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  • Words from local coordinators

    novembre 27, 2014

    Amsterdam Smart City Annelies Van der Stoep, local coordinator Municipality of Grenoble Perrine Flouret, local coordinator   Why are you part of the project ? « Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is a unique partnership between companies, governments, knowledge institutions and the people of Amsterdam. In five years, ASC has grown into a platform with over 100 […]

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  • Develop your smart city : City-zen game using real energy data

    novembre 25, 2014

    As part of the project, an applied game using real energy data is being developed by UK partner Clicks and Links. The game will be deployed in the city of Grenoble and in Amsterdam. The goal is to engage youth and citizens to save energy by raising awareness and changing behaviour. As gaming is fun […]

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  • BNR broadcast of 19 november : smart grids

    novembre 19, 2014

    BNR, one of the leading Dutch news radio channels, had a program on smart grids on Wednesday 19th of November. In this program the focus was on a pilot with energy storage in batteries at home. In Amsterdam Nieuw-West, up to 10 people will have a battery at home to store their energy. This makes […]

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  • TU Delft scores with world’s most sustainable terraced house

    octobre 2, 2014

    With their concept Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin, the TU Delft student team won first prize in the Sustainability category at the Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles. The terraced house sets an example for improving the sustainability of existing buildings in Europe. The student team opted to improve the sustainability of a terraced house dating […]

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  • City-zen is also on Twitter !

    septembre 16, 2014

    Follow us and stay up to date about the project and its milestones. One address : @CityzenEU

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