On March 12, the Estonian Smart Cities Club met for the fifth time in Elva, Estonia. Elva, a small city of only 5600 people, located in Tartu county, was one the first to join the Club and kindly offered to host the March meeting. Present were representatives from Rakvere, Valga, Tartu and Elva cities, and also project partners from Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA), Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS), the University of Tartu and Smart City Lab.
On March 9, the housing association representatives of the Tartu pilot area met for another technical meeting. This time, the focus was on heating and ventilation systems, data collection and the smart home system.
The SmartEnCity Academy has already started on the 20 February with more than 50 attendees participating in lesson 1: "The SmartEnCity Way towards Zero Carbon City". The online training course was coming up in a new interactive format and was very well received.
“Smart Cities – What’s Next?” was the title of the EIP-SCC marketplace session on 18 February 2020 in Brussels. SmartEnCity was represented by project coordinator Francisco Rodriguez Perez-Curiel during a panel discussion which was focusing on opportunities for implementation, replication and scaling up for Smart City solutions from different perspectives.
On 4 March, thirty high school students from Kohtla-Järve visited Lighthouse City Tartu to learn about SmartEnCity project and smart solutions and developments in Tartu.
Do you want to know more about European Positive Energy Districts (PED) projects? Check out the updated version of the PED Booklet! It contains new and more cases, and provides an overview of different approaches, challenges and success factors. These PED projects contribute to sustainable urbanisation, climate action and the energy transition.
Big plans require big efforts: Inter-institutional collaboration fosters the construction of BEI's (Smart Electric Bus) Functional Charging Unit. The works to build the Functional Charging Unit will mean an investment of 5.6 million, which only could be afforded in collaboration by several institutions.
Read the new Network Bulletin and find out about the national based Italian SmartEnCity Network and its ambitious goals. Also, say hello to Gabrovo, Bulgaria, the youngest Network member and learn about the latest activities of our Lighthouse Cities.
Raimond Tamm, Project Coordinator of Lighthouse City Tartu is giving his point of view upon the current state of public transportation in Lighthouse City Tartu: "The Tartu bus transport network is not ideal and there are still many tasks and obstacles to be tackled by the city government."
Lightouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz: The District Heating for Coronation neighbourhood has been finally awarded.
In a second attempt, public spaces were redesigned to locate the generation plant and heat distribution network reducing implementation costs and making the public tender more attractive to potential bidders.