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Annelies Van der Stoep, Strategic advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

City-zen Virtual Power Plant nominated for the Green Digital Charter Award

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The Amsterdam Virtual Power Plant, in which around 50 households jointly trade the energy from their home batteries, has been nominated for Eurocities’ Green Digital Charter Award.

The Amsterdam Virtual Power Plant, in which around 50 households jointly trade the energy from their home batteries, has been nominated for Eurocities’ Green Digital Charter Award. Since the summer of 2017, the solar energy that is not used immediately, is stored in a battery at home. This energy can be used at another time, or can be traded if the energy price is high. Conversely, energy can also be purchased and stored if the price is low. Finally, the batteries can be used to balance the local electricity grid. The Virtual Power Plant is part of the City-zen project and is coordinated by Alliander and Greenspread.

Watch the video: City-zen Virtual Power Plant

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Bristol and Dublin have also been nominated

In addition to Amsterdam, projects from Bristol and Dublin have been nominated. In Bristol, peak consumption is reduced by smart charging of electric cars. In Dublin, residents and sensors work together to prevent air pollution in a cheap way. The winning project will be announced during the'Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation Collaboration and Trust’ conference in Brussels on 23 January 2018.

What is the Green Digital Charter?

The Green Digital Charter was launched in 2009 by Eurocities in collaboration with Manchester and Clicks & Links. The Charter is now supported by the European Commission and signed by 50 cities from 21 European countries, including Amsterdam. These cities indicate that they want to achieve the EU climate goals with innovative digital solutions. The cities share best practices and results with each other, build local partnerships and ensure that digital innovation becomes part of urban policy. Above all, every city aims to start 5 large-scale and replicable ICT projects within 5 years of signing and reduce the Carbon Footprint of the urban ICT sector by 30%.

What has happened in Amsterdam so far?

One of the large-scale initiatives launched in Amsterdam is City-zen, a European-funded project in which 25 partners find out in practice how the cities of Amsterdam and Grenoble can drastically reduce the use of fossil energy in the built environment. In addition to the Virtual Power Plant, homes are being renovated to reduce its’ energy use, cold is being extracted from a drinking water pipeline and river cruise ships are supplied with local green energy.

Digital innovation is a focal point of the municipality and many other parties in Amsterdam . The municipality has now started a CTO office, to get technology in the capillaries of its own organization. The cooperation of parties in Amsterdam Smart City focuses on realizing concrete innovations in the city. In Green ITpeople work on innovations to make the ICT sector more sustainable.This knowledge is shared with other cities through various Eurocities meetings around this theme. Amsterdam also participates in the smart city technical experts group.

Reducing the emissions of the ICT sector in Amsterdam is not yet a fait accompli. The capacity of the Amsterdam data centers grew by 30%last year, and is now the second hub in Europe. A covenant was signed in 2013 to reduce 15% energy consumption.

Amsterdam had been nominated for the Green Digital Charters Award before, in 2016, then with the project Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods.

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Now in Eindhoven: A smart solar storage system reduces the rent for senior citizens

While the Virtual Power Plant in Amsterdam with 50 home batteries is still ongoing, and a 'neighbourhood battery' in Rijsenhout was launched in the last months of 2017, already a new battery project pops up.

In one of the rental buildings for senior citizens of housing corporation Woonbedrijf in Eindhoven, a smart solar system is installed, providing energy for the central areas and the elevator. Surplus solar energy is stored in a local battery for 48 hours or less. This reduces the annual bill and the CO2 emmission significantly.

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A worldwide first: Blood bank uses energy from drinking water

Since a month blood bank Sanquin extracts cold energy from drinking water for it's pharmaceutical factory. This eliminates the need for polluting cooling machines. This innovation by Amsterdams' water company Waternet and Sanquin is a world wide first.

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Biogas and fertiliser made in a residential area in Amsterdam North

The area of Buiksloterham will be the first area in Amsterdam were bio gas and fertilizer will be derived locally from the residential sewer system. This special vacuum system separates the dirty black water, full of nutrients, from the less poluted but warm grey water. The local floating plant will be powered with locally produced biogas. If this large scale test, more than 600 homes are connected, is successful, this system might be copied to other areas.

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City-zen Days

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Grenoble invites you to experience the heart of its energy transition from 31 January to 2 February 2018.

City-zen warmly invites you to join its first City Conference, taking place in Grenoble (France). During these City-zen days you will be able to visit energy renovation projects, the research facilities of CEA and the geothermal network in Flaubert. The local community invites you to join workshops on block chain for energy, citizen investment groups and many more. In each session we will reflect on what Amsterdam can learn from Grenoble and vice versa, especially during the presentation of the energy roadmaps for both cities. Registration will open soon via https://cityzen-days.eu

On Tuesday January 30th, City-zen will host a session on energy, data and privacy during L’assise de la transition énergétique in Geneva (Switserland), the major francophone energy conference. As both cities are close by, it is possible to combine both in one trip.

In City-zen, 25 parties are working together to learn how to make Amsterdam, Grenoble and other cities free of coal and gas. They are working with new technologies and see what changes are needed in the city, in regulations and in people’s homes.

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