Not part of SmartEnCity Project but breaking news: SmartEnCity Project Partner IBIL (EVE) has installed the first ultra-fast charging point for electric vehicles in southern Europe. Located on the beltway of Vitoria-Gasteiz (N-I highway in Lopidana), the facility can recharge the battery of any compatible EV in five to ten minutes, similar to the time used in a conventional refuelling.
In the end of June, the Tartu pilot area received its fourth artwork on the Tiigi 21 building, entitled “Three Maidens”. According to the author of the artwork, local Estonian artist Huupi, the artwork was inspired by a mural created in 1970 by the legendary Estonian artist Elmar Kits. “It took me a while to find the right artist and painting,” Huupi said. “I went through a lot of sketches before I found “Three Maidens” by Elmar Kits. It inspired me immediately and I could see how I can use my own creative style in recreating it.”
On July 1, the new public transport route network along with a fleet of new environmentally friendly biogas buses was launched in Tartu. The new route network reduced the number of bus lines down to 13 and added two night buses. The route network will be serviced by 64 brand new gas buses that have A/C, low floors for better access and new validators. These allow passengers to purchase tickets with their contactless bank cards as well.
The deployment of necessary ICT Infrastructure is taking up pace. In connection with the building retrofitting process in Coronacion, the Vitoria-Gasteiz demo area, the deployment of the necessary ICT infrastructure for the monitoring of energy consumption and comfort conditions of the households is speeding up.
Just as done in the previous phases, VISESA has organised another info day in order to prepare the forthcoming tender for the renovation of the next 11 buildings in demo-district Coronación corresponding to Phase III.
After the completion of the retrofitting works of the second building in January, the cityscape of Vitoria-Gasteiz’ demo district again is marked by scaffolds, initiating the second phase of retrofitting works.
Past June 18th, Alberto Ortiz de Elgea, coordinator of the workpackage “Vitoria-Gasteiz Lighthouse Deployment” of SmartEnCity Project, participated in an event organised by Kursaal Green in Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain).
The first draft of the Tartu Energy 2030+ Plan (Tartu SECAP) is ready. On June 12, Tartu Regional Energy Agency and Tartu City presented the first strategy draft of the new Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of Tartu named Tartu Energy 2030+.
On May 29, Lighthouse City Tartu was having its annual summer event. Again, this event was packed with useful information for the residents of the SmartEnCity pilot area. The meeting was focusing on the rights and claims of apartment owners and the obligations coming along with the maintenance of the new smart houses. Additionally, the new electric bikes and the bike sharing system of Tartu were introduced and the newly appointed Tartu smart city ambassadors acknowledged.
On June 8, Tartu launched the first public bike sharing system in the Baltic countries. The new sharing system consists of 750 bikes – 510 electric and 240 regular bikes – and 69 rental points all across town.