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 What are the most important aspects of the Smart Cities?

“The Smart Energy City is highly energy and resource efficient, and is increasingly powered by renewable energy resources. It relies on integrated and resilient resource systems, as well as insight-driven and innovative approaches to strategic planning. The application of information, communication and technology are commonly a means to meet these objectives. The Smart Energy City, as a core to the concept of the Smart City, provides it users with a liveable, affordable, climate-friendly and engaging environment that supports the needs and interests of its users and is based on a sustainable environment.” (EU FP7 TRANSFORM project)

What factors are crucial for the implementation of the Smart Cities?

"Breaking out of technological and organizational silos. Bringing all relevant actors on board."

How are you involved in the field of Smart Cities?

"AIT is involved in several smart city projects, on the national level (Smart City Demo, Stadt der Zukunft) as well as on the European level (FP7, H2020). AIT also coordinates the Joint Program Smart Cities of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA JPSC) and is actively involved in the Sherpa Group and the Martket Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communites." (EIP SCC)

 

 

DI Hans-Martin Neumann

AIT Energy Department

E: hans-martin.neumann@ait.ac.at

T:+43 50550 6971


General Discription 

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria's largest non-university research institute is among the European research institutes a specialist in the key infrastructure issues of the future.

As an ingenious partner to industry and public institutions, AIT is already researching and developing the technologies, methods and tools of tomorrow. 

In Austria, there are over 1100 employees - largely based at the main facilities Vienna Tech Gate, Vienna TECHbase, Seibersdorf, Wr. Neustadt, Ranshofen, Graz and Leoben – working on the development of those tools, technologies and solutions for Austrian industry considered to be of future relevance.

Fields of Research

The Energy Department of the AIT favors a holistic approach to the environmentally friendly electricity supply, heating and climate control of the buildings and cities of tomorrow.

Research areas of the department include Integrated Energy Systems, focusing on Smart Cities and Regions and complex Energy Systems; and Energy Infrastructure with Smart Grids, Thermal Energy Systems, Smart Buildings and Photovoltaics as the main areas. 

The research objective is to develop and apply methods and tools helping stakeholders in cities and regions to make informed decisions in order to meet future energy and carbon performance targets.

 

Smart Cities Relevant Activities 

AIT supports as a project partner the implementation of the large-scale demonstration projects within the FIT4SET Smart Energy Cities project. It took a leading and consulting role in stakeholder process in scientific development of City Vision (2050), Roadmap and Strategy (2020 and beyond) and action plans for implementation (2012-2015).

AIT is a key partner for scientific method development along with further project-partners as cities of Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Lyon, industry partners Accenture, Arup, Siemens, etc. within the “TRANSFORMation agenda for low carbon cities” project, implementation of the “Smart Urban Labs”. 

Research institution provides assistance to the several pilot cities in China in implementation of Low Carbon City Action Plan, by the development of specific measures tailored to local framework conditions. 

AIT also supports as a member of EERA JP Smart Cities network development of next generations of low-carbon technologies within the SET Plan. 

 

 

Mag(FH) Julia Schmidmayer

AIT Energy Department

E: julia.schmidmayer@ait.ac.at

T:+43 50550 6314

 

 

DI Dr. Reinhard Schütz

AIT Energy Department

E: reinhard.schuetz@ait.ac.at

T:+43 50550 6392

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