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The project is composed by nine interdependent Work Packages (WP) led by different partners :

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WP1 – Project management and coordination

This WP ensures an overall management and coordination of the project, and the communication between partners as well as with the European commission.

Leader : VITO

Research, technology and development

WP3 – Technology integration

The objectives is to create innovations that bridge sectors or distinct levels:

  • Advances in integration of hybrid heat pumps in smart grids
  • Design of flexible smart grid ready ventilation for improved air quality
  • Design of optimal smart grid ready solutions for active components in renovated buildings
  • Integration of high temperature solar heat in district heating network
  • Smartification of district heating and cooling network
  • Smart grid integrations

Leader : Th!nk-E

WP4 – Processes, stakeholders and regulation

The main goal of this work package is to create the context for an effective transition towards sustainable smart cities. This means actions on two fronts:

  • A wider integration of the innovative technologies developed and demonstrated in the experimental context of City-zen : integration in energy policy and legislation ; financial schemes for maximal market penetration ; integration processes
  • Innovation in the transition process: generic transition methodology ; roadmap of Amsterdam and Grenoble

Leader : Delft University of technology

WP7 – Technical monitoring and evaluation

The objective is to improve the transition methodology thanks the feedback of partners of the two cities and experiences form other projects.

Leader : DNV GL


WP5 – Demonstrations in Amsterdam

The objectives of the demonstrations is to lead to considerable annual savings and efficiency improvements in the field of building, heating and cooling and smart grid.

Leader : Alliander

WP6 – Demonstrations in Grenoble

The objective is to transform the Eco-cité district into an energy positive and carbon neutral area by combining the use of clean and renewable energy sources, saving and controlling energy flows, retrofitting existing buildings.

Leader : Municipality of Grenoble


WP2 – Project initiation

The objectives are :

  • Get the project well started in relation to the use of innovative products and processes
  • Share the understanding between partners of the consortium and build a common ground to start from
  • Bring in experience and knowledge from recently finished and ongoing projects to bring knowledge into the project which hereafter can be used in the methodology development in WP4 and the demonstrations and in the dissemination and deployment in WP9
  • Establish a process inventory on demonstrators involved in the project
  • Develop a detailed inception report on content and task distribution, within the boundaries of the technical

Leader : HESPUL

WP8 – City-zen

The aim of the WP is to determine the socio-economic impact of the project and thereby generate input for policy development, efficient replication to other cities in Europe.

Leader : Amsterdam Smart City

WP9 – Dissemination

The objective is to ensure a maximum dissemination and deployment of the knowledge gained through this demonstration project.

Leader : Amsterdam Smart City

  • The Project

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

  • Our Activities

  • Achieved Impacts

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