Age of Energy - City-Zen serious game

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Turning saving energy at home into something that's fun for young people.

City-zen was an international consortium, a program stimulating learning-by-doing in Grenoble and Amsterdam between March 2014 and November 2019. The results can be found in a booklet or in detailed reports.

"The best way to learn about anything is by doing”. - Richard Branson.

What is the goal of the project?

As part of the European project City-zen, a Serious Game is being developed by UK Partner Clicks and Links that is to be deployed in the city of Grenoble as well as Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The goal is to engage youngsters in these cities to save energy by gamifying sustainable energy choices and thereby changing behaviour.

Gaming tends to have a bit of a negative reputation, but consider the opportunity of leveraging the following traits for a positive objective, such as saving energy. Games are addictive, fun and engaging which means that they can be great tools for education.

What is the result of the project?

The result is to implement the game to engage youngsters to save energy. Up to 15 % of energy can be saved by simple changes in people's everyday behaviour. Things such as remembering to turn off the lights when you're not using the room or cleaning out the freezer. Cities and energy grid operators benefit from this demand side energy response because networks need no longer be over-dimensioned.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

This project was initiated in the City-zen project in cooperation with Clicks & Links.

What is the next step?

We're open to public beta testing at the moment. Grab your copy of the game and head to our website to let us know what you think. Then, a series of iterations will lead to a game that will leverage real-time energy data from next generation smart metering systems as input so that real world behaviour is reflected in the virtual environment.