Urban development with renewable energy
The city of Villach therefore initiated and started the cooperative project "Smart City Villach - VIsion Step I". The goal of the project is to develop an integrated smart-city-concept, which increases energy efficiency, the amount of produced renewable energy, and user acceptance of these technologies. The concepts are implemented and tested in a research test bed as well as in one of Villach’s city districts here referred to as Demo Site. On the technological level, a detailed investigation and application of novel smart grid and storage concepts is targeted. On the economical and sociological level, concepts for enhancing the smart citizens’ active participation are elaborated, implemented, and evaluated. This includes approaches such as new participatory business and financing concepts for renewable energy systems, a “social network for energy savers” and a LIVING Lab, bringing together citizens and experts from various fields of science and technology.
The consortium comprises of altogether 11 industrial and scientific partners, whereas 7 consortium members are from Carinthia: Stadt Villach (Carinthia), RMA (Carinthia), CTR Carinthia Tech Research (Carinthia), Infineon (Carinthia), FH Kärnten (Carinthia), Kelag Netz (Carinthia), Symvaro (Carinthia), Alpine Energie, Austrian Institute of Technology, Siemens and PWC.