+CityxChange is a smart city project granted funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings together two aspiring Lighthouse Cities: Trondheim (NO) and Limerick (IE), together with Follower Cities: Alba Iulia (RO), Pisek (CZ), Võru (EST), Smolyan (BG) and Sestao (ES), to underline their ambition to achieve sustainable urban ecosystems that have zero emissions and establish a 100% renewable energy city-region by 2050.
The +CityxChange vision is to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. This will include the development of a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy market supported by a connected community. This will lead to recommendations for new policy intervention, market (de)regulation and business models that will deliver positive energy communities integrating e-Mobility as a Service (eMaaS).
IES will develop a new Integrated Planning and Decision Support Tool that integrates the IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) with IES iCD and iVN technology. These tools will spatially model the buildings across the city, the grid infrastructure, primary energy available and socio-economics modelling from project partner Future Analytics Consulting (FAC). Dashboards and customised displays will be designed for both technical users and the general public, allowing for informed decisions relating to all areas of spatial, economic, technical, environmental and social context as well as public consultation.