Research Period for Aspern Smart City Research Reaches Halfway Point
The European Green Deal is the European Commission’s key project for the transition to a climate-neutral and environmentally friendly economy. The basic objective of the Aspern Smart City Research (ASCR) is to develop market-oriented, scalable, and economical solutions for the energy future in urban areas and to make the energy system more efficient and more climate-friendly.
“The associated challenges for the economy and society are significant. The key is clearly in the development of our cities and the use of state-of-the-art technologies. In order to cover the constantly rising energy needs, we, therefore, have to utilize all possible technologies that reduce carbon dioxide,” stressed CEO of Siemens Austria Wolfgang Hesoun, who expressed his gratitude that Siemens and the City of Vienna kicked off a research program that is the only one of its kind in Europe, aimed at ushering in the energy future in urban areas, back in 2013.
In the course of the energy research project, complex but crucial energy policy questions from essential areas of the energy system are answered – on an interdisciplinary basis using real data and operational experience from field tests. The research questions are also adapted to current challenges on an ongoing basis.
“In order to develop a climate-neutral, sustainable economy and society, it will take new approaches and closer and closer cooperation between urban planners, energy providers, grid operators, the housing industry, property developers, and industry. We have found this here in parts of Seestadt Aspern – thanks in no small part to the support of the residents,” added Hesoun.
Due to the current relevance of the challenges, this project now has a profile that extends far beyond the borders of Austria. This is also evident based on the interest of the many international delegations that visit the showroom each year and make use of the experts’ know-how. While the first phase of the research project (2013–2018) centered around establishing the necessary research infrastructure as the foundation for the collection of real-time data and the practical testing of solution concepts, the focus of the ongoing second phase (2019–2023) is on applying the solution concepts in the running system operations of the given market participant.
In this context, the reduction of the system complexity for the users and the automation of operating processes on the basis of the data collected and operational experience gained play an important role. The aim is to create workable solutions for residents, grid and building operators, and energy suppliers. The basis for this is formed by the seamless communication of buildings with their occupants, the smart grid, and the energy markets via aggregators, energy service providers, and trading platforms as well as the intelligent charging of electric and hybrid vehicles and the analysis of new approaches for providing thermal energy for decentralized heating and cooling.