WP2 – Project initiation

D. 2.1 – Collected information on state of the art at project commencement

Knowledge in the areas of energy efficiency and smartification is rapidly evolving. It is important to incorporate the knowledge on the latest state of the art in each of the 3 areas (buildings, district heating/cooling and smart grids) with special attention to the synergy between those.

Key innovations for smart cities :

D. 2.2 – Collected information on state of the art during project duration

D.2.4 – Connecting innovative companies

The objective is to develop a structure to connect innovative companies and start-ups to the City-zen project to support them and provide them a reflection group. In line with the Smart Cities and Communities program as organized by the European Commission City-Zen is an open project where SME’s in special can be serviced to test and develop new products and services. To do so they are support via an online network (via the website, see task 9), but we will also develop a methodology using challenges and workshops to gather new ideas for existing challenges and bring them to practice. The dialogue between large infrastructural organizations, governments and solution providers is at the very heart of this task.
The aim is to achieve:

  • Online environment for matchmaking idea generation
  • Methodology for involving innovative companies in large scale projects
  • Open Living Labs for development and testing

The information of the previous search for innovative technologies will serve as input, where a selection of the collected technologies will be relevant for the demonstrations in WP5 and WP6.

D. 2.5 – Inception report

This report serves several objectives :

  • It summarizes how the start of the project developed,
  • It reviews whether new knowledge was acquired between proposal submission and the start of the project, in order to redirect solutions in cases where this would be needed,
  • It triggers recognition by the partners of mutual dependencies and collaboration benefits,
  • To reflect on deliverables and planning as well as task descriptions in order to make the descriptions up to date with current insights.

WP3 – Technology intergation : development of innovative technologies that combine smart grid, building and heating/cooling aspects

D.3.3 bis – Recommendations on residential ventilation

D.3.4 – Report on façade panels for phased energy upgrade of the building enveloppe

D.3.11 – Report on development of E2E smartification and control

Alliander helps customers to make the right energy choices. Both for themselves and for the entire energy system. So that everyone has equal access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy. Insight into power flows and voltage profiles on all grid levels (including low voltage) is essential for the transition to data-driven decision making. To achieve this insight, Alliander’s digitization strategy is to combine measurement data with network modelling.

Primary Alliander goal for the task End 2 End Smartification is to meet (future) customer needs in energy supply during and after energy transition, all new applications included.

Main interest is to gain insight in alternatives for grid reinforcement:

  • service levels for the alternative service(s);
  • costs of the alternative service(s;
  • ancillary services / functions to be provided by the distribution grid operator for own use or for the purpose of third parties.

The solution may be found in controlling and technically stretching the available grid capacity, as well as providing incentives to stretch demand/supply management with customers. It is this line of thinking that forms the foundation for the design of End 2 End Smartification.


For more information please contact Hans Rienks at Alliander

WP4 – Processes, stakeholders and regulation

D.4.5 – City-zen catalogue of measures – Part of city transition and development methodology for EU wide application

WP5 – Demonstrations in Amsterdam

D.5.3 – Neighbourhood bio refinery for the treatment of pre-separated waste water as a facilitator for a circular district

D.5.14 – Implementing cooling and heating from public infrastructures in a pharmaceutical plant

WP6 – Demonstrations in Grenoble

D.6.4 – Demontrator of the low pressure district heating network

D.6.6 – Description of the Grenoble Smart grid demonstrator

D.6.11 – Description of the innovative collective drainage network

D.6.12 – Final report PV system with storage implementation

D.6.13 – List of buildings to be refurbished

WP7 – Technical monitoring and evaluation

D. 7.1 Common monitoring strategy

This report is the general plan for the technical monitoring activities within the City- zen project. It has been agreed to develop a common monitoring strategy in Grenoble and Amsterdam at the start of the project. This enhances the usefulness of the results as they can be compared and cross checked. The common monitoring strategy will also cover definitions and terminologies that will be used during monitoring process. Monitoring is focused on technical data as well as process integration and improvement.

WP8 – City-zen

D. 8.1 – Social monitoring plan

The main objective of the social monitoring plan is to provide a common basis for socio- economic monitoring of the City-zen projects in the category “buildings”, enabling comparison between, and replication of, the projects.
Ultimately, the objectives of the socio-economic monitoring are:

  • To determine the socio-economic impact of City-zen and thereby provide recommendations for 
policy development, efficient dissemination of project achievements to other communities 
nearby or other places in Europe.
  • To motivate and empower the citizens of the demonstration communities of Amsterdam and 
Grenoble for a long-term energy saving.
  • 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 learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Expected 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