Mittwoch, 18. Dezember 2013

As promised we now continue with the introductions of each of our project partners. Let´s go on with our partner city Stoke-on-Trent as the last PLEEC project meetings have been hosted there.

Here is a story about a beautiful city on a beautiful island… 

PLEEC partner city Stoke-on-Trent is a confederation city of six diverse and distinct towns with a population around 250,000 inhabitants. The City is known as the Potteries and the World Capital of Ceramics thanks to its magnificent ceramic heritage built in the coal extraction and steel manufacturing. Moreover, key sectors include advanced manufacturing, building technologies, business and professional services, ceramics innovation, medical and healthcare as well as retails and tourism. More than 30.000 students study in the two local universities of Keele and Staffordshire in the field of medicine and healthcare, science and engineering and computing.

Being one of the six PLEEC partner cities, Stoke-on-Trent is on the right track to become an energy –efficient smart city – by increasing the use of renewable energy, reducing energy demand and raising energy efficiency. 

Fits just perfect in the way of thinking the PLEEC project!

Montag, 11. November 2013


We hope everyone has duly arrived at home and brings along many stimulating information, instructive ideas and exciting experiences.

So many thanks to all and especially to our partner from the City of Stoke-on-Trent! Despite the weather ;-)(see below) we felt great!

Donnerstag, 31. Oktober 2013

Hi folks,

in the very near future we will introduce here all partner organisations to become more familiar with the project.

First of all we would like to present, of course, our Coordinator Eskilstuna Energy & Environment:

Established in 1993 as a municipality owned company with responsibility for the distribution of electricity and the selling of electricity, district heating and cooling, water, sewage, waste handling and IT communications in the municipal district. Eskilstuna Energy & Environment has a total of 413 employees.

Having a board of directors that is politically appointed and a management team that has purposefully invested in a production and handling that is effective and in harmony with the environment.  Eskilstuna Energy & Environment has made large scale investments in technology development with the objective of obtaining cleaner and more effective processes and a better customer service.

Eskilstuna Energy and Environment conducts energy- and environmentally efficient business for current and future generations.

Interested in research and development within water and sewage, recirculation, energy production and distribution, broad band distribution but also corporate culture and development, business development and customer behavior.

Some research is performed within the company and some is performed in joint projects with consultants, institutes and universities.

Now you received a first impression - and others will follow ;-)

Goodbye till the next time!

Mittwoch, 30. Oktober 2013

G'day everybody!

We'd like to announce our first Energy Efficiency Forum in Stoke-on-Trent on 6th November!

The time has now come to learn more about the project´s activities and to get insights into the first
project findings. -for example the successful analysis of the survey “Key fields of energy efficiency and urban development – Survey on energy-related activities within urban development”. Now the leader of Work Package 2 – Vienna University of Technology - can proudly come up with six city reports, a city comparison report and an expert report. Furthermore the results of the quantitative analysis about preconditions for becoming an energy-efficient smart city will be presented in the form of “smart city profiles”.

So please follow us on twitter on 6th November from 9:30am till 5:00pm!


Bye for now!

Dienstag, 27. August 2013

The methodology of PLEEC

PLEEC project – running over 36 months - is structured into seven work packages.

Work Package 1 is dedicated to the coordination and management of the project consortium throughout the whole project life cycle in order to ensure an efficient and effective project management. 

In Work Package 2 (month 1 – 14) the PLEEC partner cities will be profiled with special consideration of their energy efficiency and use. Analysis of city key aspects such as renovation of building stock, energy systems, smart heating/cooling grids, smart electricity grids, water networks, efficient waste collection and treatment, recycling and energy use, efficient transportation and mobility systems etc. will show the cities´ performance with respect to the main characteristics of a “Smart City”.
The PLEEC partner city consortium consists of six mid-sized European cities:

In the next step, three parallel work packages (WP) will elaborate energy efficiency recommendations for the cities from three key perspectives:

The subject of WP3 (month 10 – 21) is technology-driven energy efficiency:
Therefore, in WP3 potentials of new technologies for smart energy systems will be identified. Thus, the leading role in this work package will be taken by the industry partners as they dispose of the resources and the knowledge.

WP4 (month 10 – 21) focuses on structure-driven energy efficiency :
It aims at identifying structure driven energy efficiency potentials within urban planning and city key aspects targeting at the question how well energy issues are integrated in the planning process and how different planning measures are integrated between each other. 

In parallel, WP5 (month 10 – 21) concentrates on behaviour-driven energy efficiency:
As energy efficiency depends heavily on the behavior of people, WP5 aims to identify the potential of energy use reduction from a behavior driven perspective. Therefore Best Available Practices (BAP) related to behavior driven potential in smart energy consumption will be exploited. 

Finally, in WP6 (month 21 – 36) the results from WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP5 will be integrated in the “model of sustainable city planning” and a “summary of the best matching recommendations” which will be provided for the cities as “Action plan for the energy-smart city”. Additionally, researchers will identify and present the future research agenda on the issue of energy-smart cities.

WP7 (month 1 – 36) will ensure decent dissemination of the project’s news and results.