Martti Ahtisaari Institute
University of Oulu
Oulu Business School
P.O. Box 4600, FIN-90014 Oulun Yliopisto, FINLAND
EU Horizon 2020 Lighthouse project Making-City starting
The EU-funded Lighthouse project “Energy efficient pathway for the city transformation: enabling a positive future” (Making-City) is starting.
Sustainable development of urban areas requires new technologies and services in particular in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. Solutions must be integrated in terms of their research, development and deployment. The focus on EU’s Smart Cities Lighthouse projects is on integrated commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential. Lighthouse projects have since 2014 involved close to a hundred cities already.
The 60 moths’ long Making-City project is a large-scale demonstration aiming at the development of new integrated strategies to address the urban energy system transformation towards low carbon cities, with the positive energy district approach. Although the approach seems solid and ambitious, it must be accompanied with long-term urban planning to ensure upscaling and fostering of impacts. The project will address methodologies to support cities in this, paving the way of planning, implementation and upscaling.
Cities of Groningen (Netherlands) and Oulu (Finland) will act as lighthouses. León (Spain), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), Poprad (Slovakia), Vidin (Bulgaria) and Lublin (Poland) will be the follower cities. All of them will foster replication of the solutions demonstrated in Groningen and Oulu. Altogether there are as many as 34 partners in the project consortium.
The University of Oulu will address means to achieve and ensure impact, aimed at enabling and stimulating multiple energy stakeholders to have a more active participation in the smart grid energy market. From the university, professors Eva Pongrácz and Harri Haapasalo, joint research professor Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen of the university and the Finnish Environment Institute, adjunct professor Petri Ahokangas and post-doctoral researcher Sari Hirvonen-Kantola will participate with other people from their research groups. The role of Martti Ahtisaari Institute is to examine what kind of ecosystemic business models could be created for the local market in positive energy blocks and districts, compared to the traditional orchestrator-focused business models.
Sari Hirvonen-Kantola, Sari.Hirvonen-Kantola[at]oulu.fi
Petri Ahokangas, Petri.Ahokangas[at]oulu.fi