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Mobility and transport are crucial for a city to function properly. Amsterdam is considered the world capital of cycling; 32% of traffic movement in Amsterdam is by bike and 63% of its inhabitants use their bike on daily basis. The number of registered electrical car owners in the Netherlands increased with 53% to 28.889 in 2016. Since 2008 car sharing increased with 376%. However, this is less than 1% of the total car use. Innovative ideas and concepts can help to improve the city’s accessibility, so share your ideas and concepts here.
Wednesday was the official end of the Avondklok curfew in the Netherlands. Since 22 January 2021 the royal Dutch government issued a 9pm curfew to combat the third wave of the corona virus. The AD.nl reports that over these last 3 months, the dutch police have issued more than 95,000 fines for violating curfews.
Out of curiosity, I looked at the DrukteMeter 3 month Avondklok period to see if the Marineterrein community actually adhered to the national curfew.
The data says: yes, we did!
The table in the picture above illustrates that there are little to no people on the Marineterrein between the hours of 9 and 6am. Each night, activity on the Marineterrein stops, or flatlines just before 9pm (and 10pm as of 01 April). These insights tell us that we were all home in time and avoided curfew penalties and fines.
The Marineterrein DrukteMeter (or busyness-meter) anonymously counts the number of people in and around the innovation campus in order to keep the Marineterrein livable - especially during the Corona pandemic. This summer we’ll be using the DrukteMeter to visualize the safe and responsible transition into the New Norm and measuring the post pandemic “PULSE” of Amsterdam most popular destinations.
Be part of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator and get unique access to cities, mobility players and investors! The application phase for the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator program batch #3 is now open!
The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator is a EU-funded program in five European regional hubs implemented through partners to take early-stage mobility startups to the next level.
They are looking for teams with business ideas to:
• Reduce congestion and increase efficiency in the transport system
• Make commuting faster or more enjoyable with an innovative approach
• Accelerate the transition to low- or zero-emission forms of transport
• Help solve all other mobility-related problems.
The benefits of joining the EIT Accelerator program:
• 5,000 euro in equity-free funding for your startup
• 6-month Accelerator program with coaching and contacts to customers & investors
• Direct access to “living labs” and cities for the creation of new products and services
Who can apply?
We are looking for early-stage startups from EU Member States and H2020 Associated Countries with at least 2 FTE, a properly validated, clear, scalable and innovative business idea that solves a mobility-related customer problem. Registration for the program is possible until may 9 2021.
In Amsterdam gaat er de komende jaren veel gebeuren. Door verschillende ontwikkelingen op het gebied van industrie, woningbouw, datacenters, mobiliteit en de warmtetransitie ontstaat er een grote opgave voor het energiesysteem in Amsterdam. Daarom verkent Liander samen met gemeente Amsterdam de mogelijkheden die de markt te bieden heeft op het gebied van toepassingen voor een flexibel en efficiënt elektriciteitsnet. Dit doen we in de vorm van een marktconsultatie.
Met deze marktconsultatie verwachten Liander en gemeente Amsterdam een beter beeld te krijgen van de mogelijkheden van flex-oplossingen. Onder flex-oplossingen verstaan we: oplossingen die bijdragen aan een efficiënt energiesysteem door het optimaliseren van vraag en aanbod zodat de gevraagde transportcapaciteit op het net wordt gereduceerd. Door gebruik te maken van deze slimme oplossingen voorkomen we onnodige en kostbare netuitbreidingen en mogelijke knelpunten op het net. Op deze manier streeft Liander er naar om meer klanten sneller van capaciteit te voorzien.
Meedoen? Klik op de onderstaande links voor alle benodigde documenten en informatie!
We proudly invite you to the EV Energy Final Conference happening on 12 May 2021 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am online.
Over four years of project implementation. It's been a long and exciting journey for all of us. Along the way we have been able to share our experience, learn from each other and implement successful practices in our regions.
Our final conference presents how practical experiences and regional policy incentives were shared and led to new insights, policy recommendations and running action.
Cities and regions are on the path towards clean mobility, made possible by local renewable energy. We present 5 EU-cities and regions (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Kaunas, Rome and Stockholm), which have been actively collaborating in transition efforts, sharing learnings from policy making, planning and implementation. Although the stages of development vary between these cities, this collaboration has been very fruitful and inspirational.
The event is dedicated to policy makers, project teams, CPO’s, energy companies and local initiatives aimed at adopting renewable energy as a pillar in their future actions.
Join us on June 1st for Celebrating Cycling Cities, a two-hour event during which representatives from European cities and EU institutions will discuss best practices for how to shape more cycle-friendly urban mobility systems.
Confirmed speakers are:
- Frans Timmermans (EU)
- Matthew Baldwin (Mission Manager of “100 Climate-Neutral Cities by 2030”)
- Stientje van Veldhoven (Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management)
- CIVITAS Handshake project
When: Tuesday June 1st.
What time: 15:00-17:00
Where: online, via a live broadcast from Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.
Register for the event and learn all about Europe's best cycle-friendly cities.
Do you want to learn more already? Listen to this podcast. How is Paris reshaping its iconic streets and getting rid of cars? That is the subject of this interview with the deputy mayor of Paris, Christophe Najdovski.
With the lockdown, traffic in the Netherlands largely came to a halt. Electric vehicles were no exception. What are the consequences for the use of public charging infrastructure? And how has the charging behaviour of electric drivers changed? Rick Wolbertus, researcher of the Future Charging project at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (AUAS), about an initial analysis of the changed use of public charging points. 'Working from home not only makes a difference in traffic jams, it especially had a positive impact on peak loads on the electricity grid.'
Image: Ralph Hutter / Unsplash
After the lockdown on March 12 2020, there was a lot less driving. Of course, this also applies to electric vehicles. In the Netherlands, about 50% less car driving and that is also reflected in the number of kWh that is charged at public charging stations. It is striking that the use of fast chargers fell faster than the use of level 2 stations. Level 2 stations were used about half as much while the use of fast charging stations (in the city) became about 80% less. The reference date for these numbers is the 3rd of February (February 1st is a Saturday).
In the second figure, we compare shared cars with regular users. It is striking that shared cars keep pace with private use in the number of kWh charged. Although these cars are used by several people, there seems to be no additional fear of getting infected in shared cars.
The third figure also shows that slowly traffic levels are returning back to normal. In particular, the number of different users is slowly returning to the pre-corona level. At the end of May, there were only 20% fewer users than before the lockdown. For the total energy that is charged, so the number of kilometers driven, we see that this is falling slightly behind. Compared to mid-March, there is already 10% more loading at the end of April.
In terms of charging behavior, we also see a change, especially in the average time that a car is connected. For regular users, this average was around 10 hours, but in corona time it jumped to 15 hours, with some outliers on weekends. This was to be expected and is still relatively low compared to the decreased number of kilometers driven. In addition, the downward trend has started again. It is also positive that the connection time for shared cars is almost back to normal. It is clearly visible
It is also striking that the that time when EV drivers charge has changed since the lockdown. Especially the peak in the evenings has become a lot less. At the same time, more is charged especially during the day. So EV drivers go for (electric) rides to the super or hardware store, but commuter traffic has decreased a lot. In addition, all traffic is spread out during rush hours. Even after the lockdown eased after May 11, this trend is still visible. The trend towards more working from home therefore also has a significant (positive) impact on energy demand, especially during peak hours. Working from home therefore saves both traffic jams and peak loads on the electricity grid.
In conclusion, we see that electric transport is hit as hard by the corona crisis as transport in general. It is striking that fast chargers are used less than regular charging stations. Fast charging often shows in previous research in addition to regular charging, to cover longer distances in one day. The sharp fall in the need for fast charging can indicate a significantly reduced daily driving distance for many drivers such as taxis. Cars will stay connected to the charging station longer than before, but less than might be expected. The trend towards charging behavior before the corona crisis seems to have started again.
Do you share our mission of 're-inventing cities' and want to join us to work on solutions for the city’s urban challenges? AMS Institute's communications team has 3 exciting job opportunities!
PR and Content Officer
Do PR, corporate storytelling, and content marketing, make you tick? Can you translate difficult topics into crisp and accessible content, do you have a creative approach, and would you like to work from an environment where innovation takes shape? Read more >>
Project Communications Officer
Are you the key communications expert within our projects and do you know how to create effective and appealing communication deliverables for our research & innovation projects? While organizing your work for multiple projects? Continue here >>
Are you looking for an internship in the field of communication, social media & community building, in an environment where you can immerse yourself in topics related to urban innovation? Click here >>
We are proud to launch a unique online programme dedicated to your successful market entry.
What to expect?
• Fully demand-driven
• Local knowledge, local network
• Founder to founder learning
• Curated matchmaking based on your client base
• Validate your Go-to-Market strategy
Interested? Apply now to be selected via: www.dutchbasecamp.org/gotomarketgermany
Deadline: May 7
Program director Leonie van den Beuken joined the SmartCom Summit a few weeks ago to share her thoughts on Smart Societies. We give you a short recap on what came up and added a few interesting insights on the biggest challenges we face working from home and some possible solutions.
Due to the pandemic, we discovered that technology can lead to new opportunities. It also raised a lot of questions on ownership of data, privacy and autonomy. Technology needs not only to be trustworthy, but also to be perceived as trustworthy. Next to that it needs to me available and accessible. Let’s make sure that everyone can have access to hardware, wifi and understandable software. So every kid can join an online class and even older people are able to understand a mobility app.
“Climate change does not wait for us to decide who is in charge”
Used well, technology is an indispensable part of creating sustainable cities. Mobility and energy transitions need the use of data. That way we can create smart grids for example. But who is in charge of creating these smart sustainable societies? ‘A pack of leaders is in charge’, Leonie says. ‘I like to compare it to the Tour de France. In different stages of the race, different cyclists take the lead. All aiming to support the star: sustainable society. And again, trust between parties is the most important thing when working together.’
Covid has shown that with the support of technology we can meet anywhere online. But technology also comes with difficulties. The biggest challenges for the audience to work from home came out during a poll:
- 62% said ‘Not being around people’
- 24% said ‘Management’
- 100% said ‘Straining our Human Minds’
How can smart communication tools be of help within a company?
During the pandemic, employers manage 100 “offices” instead of one because everyone is working from home. There’s lots of technology available to monitor employees. Even though everyone agreed that trust is always better, camera’s and software to track activities on a device could stimulate and motivate.
Want to know more? Check out the talkshow.
Calling all startups working on solutions for Urban Mobility. Do you want access to cities across Europe? Could your startup benefit from extra go to market coaching? Do you want 5000€ and the change to pitch for a larger amount? Don't hesitate and join now. DEADLINE CLOSES MAY 9.
The pan -European program EIT Urban Mobility is launching it's third acceleration program. AMS Institute based in Amsterdam, a partner in this program, will carry out the program. The municipality of Amsterdam is also a partner, together with TU Eindhoven and Brainport Development.
City officials require sensor data to optimize operations, plan projects, or measure effects of interventions. Citizens often do not notice the sensors deployed by the City in public space. Also, the benefit for the public is not directly obvious to city residents or immediately shown by the sensing systems in place. Namely, in many cases only after data is processed, it informs an action that affects citizens.
Public concerns about sensors are often connected to concerns about potential action (to be taken by, for example, city officials), and that the action has negative implications. With ‘Simple Sensors’ we address these concerns.
The Simple Sensors project, which is part of the Responsible Sensing Lab, investigates these questions: What if sensors are designed to be seen? What if they communicate clearly what data they collect and how? And what if sensors invite you to interact with them?
Modules for responsible and ‘simple sensing’
Simple Sensors consists of a family of modules, designed by The Incredible Machine, that can be combined: some modules improve transparency over what data is being collected, other modules encourage interaction, and some modules just make it understandable how sensors work. The Simple Sensors family allows the City of Amsterdam to design sensors to fit any context or purpose.
A privacy friendly alternative for CCTV
The first Simple Sensor prototype called millimeter wave (mmWave) has been developed as a proposal for the City’s crowd management sensor at the Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab. It consists of four modules: 1) sensor module 2) transmission module, 3) data module, 4) threshold module... Continue reading about the project on our website >>
Algorithms are becoming increasingly important. For example, they influence how electricity is distributed amongst car charging stations. But during peak hours, who is allowed to load first and at what speed? And how do you know - as a user - what is happening and if the choices made are fair? To find answers to these questions, the Transparent Charging Station project was started in 2017. A short documentary on this topic has premiered on March 18th 2021.
Documentary 'Transparant Charging Station'
In this short documentary, six experts talk about the origin, development and future of the Transparent Charging Station. The documentary was made possible by Knowledge and Innovation Center ElaadNL, Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, The Incredible Machine and TU Delft.
With: designer Marcel Schouwenaar, initiator Thijs Turèl, scientist Kars Alfrink, Smart Mobility expert Ruben Polderman, behavioral researcher Lotte Gardien and software engineer Ton Smets.
Many residential PV inverts offer some sort of Smart Energy insight, and many newer inverters offer remote control. Yet there are some great challenges that hinder optimal use of solar energy.
• Awareness on the existence of smart functionalities of inverters, and on possible benefits, is low.
• Even today, not all new installs are smart inverters. These inverters will remain operational for 10 – 15 years, or longer.
• The use of smart functionalities of inverters by the energy sector is still in its infancy.
These are some of important findings from our research, that are also relevant for other countries.
According to the FAN foundation, this is a missed opportunity. With the expected growth of residential PV systems in the future, and the upcoming replacement market for older systems, FAN calls on installers and suppliers to supply as many smart inverters as possible.
You can also download 2 other researches I carried out in the FAN Flexmonitor series: Smart EV chargers and Smart Heatpumps.
Interview met Marco Te Brömmelstroet, prof Urban Planning (UvA) en co-auteur boek 'Recht van de Snelste'. ‘Reistijdwinst is DE norm onder alle uitroeptekens qua mobiliteit, maar vragen amper naar de onderliggende aannames’.
(Herhaling vanuit #BNR podcaststudio: opnieuw relevant dit interview): https://bit.ly/Brömmelstroet
Provincie Noord-Holland en Impact Hub Amsterdam werken samen om het circulaire ecosysteem van de provincie te versterken. Vanaf 29 april 2021 tot 3 feb 2022 organiseren we maandelijkse expertsessies, netwerkevenementen en masterclasses om je op weg te helpen met circulariteit. Het programma bestaat uit 11 gratis evenementen, waaronder 6 opeenvolgende masterclasses.
Today I start my dissertation project for Oxand. Together we will be working towards defining clearer goals for Gemeente Amsterdam's smart city objectives! We will approach this challenge by taking the #SmartCity principles and observing them through the lens of #SystemEngineering.
I am looking for members who are interesting in helping me identify stakeholders, current challenges facing the municipality, developing projects, objectives that must be fulfilled and much more!
Interesse in de sociale en maatschappelijke kanten van Slimme Energieoplossingen? Meld je aan voor het 5e webinar van de Smart Energy Community op 20 april 2021 om 15.00 uur!
We beginnen met de acceptatie van slimme energiediensten door Tristan de Wildt van
Technische Universiteit Delft. Tristan gaat in op de sociale kant van Smart Energy.
Vervolgens hebben we twee inspirerende PowerPitches:
* Fardau van der Galiën vertelt hoe Vandebron de wensen van de klant samenbrengt met de technische mogelijkheden van slimme energiediensten zonder in te leveren op
* Jurgen Duivenvoorden vertelt over het pilotproject ‘altijd groen’ in de Ecowijk
Mandora, en hoe Greenchoice helpt om mensen ook groene energie te laten
gebruiken als het windstil is en de zon niet schijnt.
We sluiten af met Tomas ter Reehorst van econic. Een maandelijks bedrag voor
warmtepomp, zonnepanelen, batterij en laadpaal, in samenhang met slimme energiediensten, hoe werkt dat?
Programma en aanmelden voor 20 april 2021, 15.00 – 16.00 uur:
Dit evenement is in het Nederlands.
Have an idea how to improve urban mobility and reduce pollution? Join Urban Mobility Hackathon on April 15-17!
Clean mobility is more important now than ever. Actually, it should’ve been here already 20 years ago. The transport sector currently accounts for 20% of total CO2 emissions, and in combination with the joint target of climate neutrality by 2050, there’s extremely fertile grounds for clean mobility innovations.
In this 48-hour hackathon, we’re looking to find innovative solutions within the scope of challenges proposed down below. Professionals and students who are interested in sustainability, technology, and innovation are invited to participate in the hackathon by joining a team or creating their own. We will guide you through all the steps of the hackathon, from idea submission to mentoring and final presentations to the jury for the selection of winners.
Top 3 most promising solutions will be awarded monetary prizes to aid further solution development!
1st place - 3 000 Eur
2nd place - 2 000 Eur
3rd place - 1 000 Eur
Register at www.urbanmobility.io <span >until April 12th for a chance to make our cities greener! Once you register as a participant, you will have access to the Participant area chat straight away to start brainstorming.</span>
Moreover, the hackathon is not a stand-alone event, but will kick off 10-week summer incubation program devoted to mobility innovations. Get the first idea validation in the hackathon and take it further by applying to Urban Mobility Incubator!
Urban mobility hackathon is organized by the first innovation district VEFRESH, City of Riga, Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, Teikums co-working and EIT Urban Mobilty. The event's lead partner is the Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia, and it is supported also by Accenture Latvia and Latvia's largest telecommunications operator LMT.
This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: www.eiturbanmobility.eu