ERA-NET COFUND on Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC)

General Information

Switzerland is participating in the ERA-NET on Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC) in which 16 funding agencies from 12 countries are involved. In December 2014 a call for proposals was launched that comprised the following four call topics.

  • Smart integrated urban energy and transport systems
  • Smart tools and services for integrated urban energy and transport systems
  • Smart data, big data
  • Smart governance and smart citizens

In this ENSCC Call 17 projects have been approved whereof Swiss teams participate in 6 projects. The projects started 2016 and will end in early 2019.
List of all approved projects ->Project List

List of approved projects with Swiss participation

Decision-support environment for planning and integrating multi-energy networks and low-carbon resources in cities

IntegrCiTy aims at maximizing the use of renewable energy through the integration of advanced energy conversion technologies and the interconnection of urban energy networks transporting natural gas, electricity or water for heating/cooling. Synergies between networks are identified as well as the evolution of the energy demand, including electric mobility. An integrated IT decision-support tool will be developed and tested in 3 EU cities. 

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Smart Commuting
Smart and Mobile Work in Growth Regions

Due to increasing mobility of workforce cities need to address commuting in their mobility strategies, technical solutions, services and financial schemes. The project will analyse changing needs of mobile workers and develop guiding principles supporting regional stakeholder in their strategy development and implementation of measures. The work is linked to the City of Basel, while results will be adaptable for other Swiss and European Cities.

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Smart Urban Isle
Smart bioclimatic low-carbon urban areas as innovative energy isles in the sustainable city

Abstract: This proposal plans to investigate, implement and validate energy neutral Smart Urban Isles (SUI), defined as “areas around a public building, which make use of the synergies between different (building) functions and of the scale advantages for energy (storage) solutions”. The project is formed by three complementary and integrated blocks: mini networks, bioclimatic and responsive building design and management platform. The mini networks include decentralised renewable energy generation, energy storage and distribution, and consider integration of (electrical) mobility. Bioclimatic design of buildings (and urban planning) with optimal integration with the mini-network will be developed, using the public building as an example. An energy management system to control and optimize energy flows will be carried out taking into account innovative ICT measures.

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Smarter Labs
Improving anticipation and social inclusion in Living Labs for Smart City governance

The project aims at developing a Living Lab approach to deal with two major risks to successful implementation of smart transport technologies: unforeseen barriers to large-scale change of socio-technical systems and exclusion of social groups not matching the required 'smart citizen' profile. Retrospective analyses and action research in Living Lab experiments will be performed in Bellinzona, Brussels, Graz and Maastricht.

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Space-Energy patterns for smart energy infrastructures, community reciprocities & related governance

Abstract: SPACERGY builds upon the rising importance of integration of 'prosumers', distributed energy generation and their reciprocities with, and in urban environments. The research focuses on the role of optimized mobility and spatial morphologies, infrastructural properties and geometries as well as local community involvement (inclusiveness) regarding smart integrated production, (temporary) storage and exchange of (renewable) energy. Based on detailed spatial morphology and (energy) use modelling the research will develop smart guidelines necessary to advance the development of innovative spatial energy-community strategies, and supporting governance.

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Smart transfers through unravelling urban form and travel flow dynamics

Abstract: TRANS-FORM aims to understand transferring dynamics in public transport systems and develop strategies able to improve the travel experience by using smart data. The project intends to understand flow dynamics at different geographical scales, to provide passenger-focused tools for modelling interchange activities, to develop innovative methods for planning and operating robust services, and to apply the strategies to different case studies.

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