Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Spain's SmartCity


# The technology project, to be developed in Malaga, will cut energy consumption by 20% and avoid the emission of 6,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

# The project will involve 11 companies under the leadership of ENDESA and will benefit 300 industrial customers, 900 service providers and 11,000 households over four years.

# SmartCity is set to become a global model in developing cutting-edge technology on a par with other programmes already in operation in Stockholm, Dubai, Malta, Ohio and Colorado.

The president of the government of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucía), José Antonio Griñán, and ENDESA’s chairman, Borja Prado, presented the SmartCity initiative in Malaga today, a pioneering project in Spain which introduces a new urban energy management model in a bid to improve energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and shift consumption to renewable energies. Euro 31 million have been earmarked for this project which aims to provide a holistic response to the environmental challenges facing consumers. Innovations include the latest-generation smart metres promoting more sustainable energy use.

SmartCity, a project involving 11 companies under ENDESA’s leadership, is to be carried out in Malaga, specifically in the city’s Playa de la Misericordia section, for the benefit of 300 industrial customers, 900 services providers and 11,000 households, over a period of four years. The renewable-energy sources will be linked up to the grid to more closely match generation to consumption by installing photovoltaic panels on public buildings, using micro power generation in some hotels and installing micro wind power systems in the area. There will be energy storage systems in the form of batteries, so that some of the energy can be used later in climate controlling buildings, lighting public areas and electric transport. Similarly, to encourage the use of electric cars, recharging stations will be installed and a small fleet of vehicles will be dispatched. Above all, however, end-user buy-in throughout the process will be at the centre of the effort.

All customers participating in the project will receive new smart metres to make more sustainable consumption easier. The installation of smart and advanced telecommunications and remote control systems will permit real-time and automated adjustments to the distribution network for a new form of energy management and better service.

A later stage involves analysing the usage and efficiency data generated and applying the insights gained to other urban areas to upgrade the current energy model to a more sustainable one. The project targets energy savings of 20% and 6,000 tonnes fewer CO2 emissions each year in the project area.

SmartCity’s budget of Euro 31 million is partly financed by the European regional development fund (ERDF) with backing from the Junta de Andalucía and the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI for its initials in Spanish). Malaga was chosen as the site for its technological infrastructure as it meets all the requirements to ensure the project’s success: high growth potential, huge technological capacity, universities and businesses, strong government support and an excellent electrical infrastructure.

ENDESA has managed a team trained by the sector's leading companies, with their cooperation and backing on this ambitious plan: Enel, Acciona, IBM, Sadiel, Ormazábal, Neo Metrics, Isotrol, Telvent, Ingeteam and Greenpower. Other contributors include various universities as well as national and regional research centres.

SmartCity is set to become a global model in developing cutting-edge technology on a par with other programmes already in operation in Stockholm, Dubai, Malta, Ohio and Colorado. The project is part of the EU’s 20-20-20 Plan which establishes objectives for 2020 to improve energy efficiency by 20%, reduce CO2 emissions by one-fifth and increase renewable-energy sources to make up 20% of the energy mix.

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