Energy is one of the four key research areas in the CityZEN project. To see an overview of the research goals click here.
Zero-emission means electrified cities whose increase in demand for electricity raises concerns about the stability and reliability of the electricity supply as peak loads will go beyond the capacity of distribution grids. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) gives a conservative estimate that the required investments in the distribution grid in Norway can be reduced by 11 MNOK with coordinated charging as opposed to uncoordinated charging, assuming from 2025 all new passenger cars will be zero-emission Electric Vehicles (EV).
Modern cities must improve present energy-related systems and services, and implement new solutions in a coordinated way, by profiting from the synergies that will result from interconnecting different urban services and systems and allowing them to share data and information in a controlled and trusted manner. Sharing data this way opens up for improved products through better situational understanding, and cooperative optimization of energy related system operations and services.
Furthermore, the use of the same CityZEN technologies allows multiple domains to be seen and optimized in connection, like energy distribution for electrified transport with private EVs; managed EV fleets such as taxis, electric buses, and electric street cars; trams and metro systems. CityZEN will bring together actors from both the energy sector, like Lyse, and the urban transport sector, like Kolumbus and AKT, to ensure that collaborative solutions will be developed for tomorrow’s cities.