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A mix of demonstration, innovative technologies and business models towards the Smart City of the Future

1. A strategy towards the Smart City of the Future

CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.


2. Demonstration Sites

An extensive demonstration action will be carried out as part of CITyFiED involving a relevant number of cities and the necessary technological stakeholders in a cluster, with the aim of maximizing the impact and replication potential from three high level and very ambitious demonstration projects that will be carried out at Laguna-Valladolid, Soma and Lund.

The demonstrations will address a holistic district renovation, deploying innovative and cost-effective technologies for a high increase of the overall energy efficiency and a relevant reduction of the environmental impact. A deep retrofitting of the buildings, an innovative district heating and cooling concept and a set of solutions to improve the grid management and increase the distributed electricity generation are going to be carried out in order to achieve powerful models suitable for replication across Europe.


3. Innovative retrofitting methodologies

In parallel with the demonstrative actions, as a part of the integrated strategy to adapt the cities, CITyFiED will develop innovative and cost effective methodologies and procedures for planning, deploying and replicating energy efficient district retrofitting actions, resulting in low energy and zero emission cities and urban areas, taking into account the technological availability for retrofitting buildings, deploying HVAC facilities based on a district scale and also integrating distributed electricity generation. Renewable energies and waste energy recovery will play a key role in this approach towards a clean energy city strategy that will reduce drastically the CO2 emissions.


4. Dissemination

Another key objective of the CITyFiED strategy is a very ambitious dissemination activity, in which the cluster of cities will be properly integrated. Clear messages will be conveyed to professionals, academic audiences and the citizens in general, about the benefits of the energy efficiency in the city environment, not only regarding the energy issues related with buildings, but also addressing complementary issues such as mobility, in order to modify the user behaviour towards a more sustainable awareness. CITyFiED will try to access more than 100,000 people in all of Europe by means of a wide dissemination plan, by using the more innovative media technologies.


5. Scientific and Technical objectives

The most important scientific and technical objectives will be represented by the development of a systemic methdology for holistic district renovation and urban ecosystems' planning and the identification of very innovative technologies, methods and solutions to improve:

i) district level retrofitting,
ii) district heating and cooling,
iii) electric energy balance towards zero energy distrcts and better management.