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Welcome to the 5th edition of the R2CITIES newsletter

As we approach the summer, the consortium has renewed impetus and has embarked on an exciting stage of our project to achieving nearly zero energy towns and cities. This comes after several months which have not been plain sailing due to the grant procedures in the Valladolid demo site needing to be revised. The reluctance of residents to take on some of the works planned meant a radical rethink on our part. Also, a change in part of the Municipality of Valladolid staff due to the last year local elections added to this scenario. However, our combined efforts and expertise and the strong commitment of Valladolid Municipality have seen us through this shifting environment and I’m proud to say we have been able to set out a revised set of retrofitting works for Valladolid’s Cuatro de Marzo district, and a new grant procedure is currently underway with works planned for late September. Furthermore we have been successful in securing a one-year project extension, which will allow us to complete the works with enough time to properly monitor the results of the interventions.

 

During last month’s periodic meeting hosted by Genoa Municipality, we were able to look ahead with confidence to the next stages of R2CITIES. As the works in Kartal and Genoa continue, much focus is now on the process of reviewing and validating the methodology for integrated project delivery taking into account the requirements of BIM (building information modeling). One session of our meeting was dedicated to this broad subject. Furthermore, we have just had our third exploitation workshop and we were able to participate in Genoa Smart Week for the second time as one of the most important projects developed in the city of Genoa.

There remain challenges ahead but we are all riding on the tremendous learning curve that such a complex and ambitious project offers.

 

With these parting words, I wish you all a great summer!

 

Kind regards,

Rubén García

Project coordinator

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Read the project's updates

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Genoa hosts R2CITIES periodic meeting on 24-26 May as city buzzes with Smart Week

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For the second time since our project’s inception in 2013, the city of Genoa has hosted a R2CITIES periodic meeting.

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Turkey's solar market has started 'teething'

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Power of the Sun. Dirt cheap

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In a world hungry for energy, top scientist Michael Grätzel hopes to make solar cells more affordable by copying photosynthesis

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Mir

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In Mir, the project-based execution of all the activities is the main principle, and so, the technology and information management are our practice and purpose. For this reason, collaborations are established with various universities and academics primarily in order to enhance the opportunities at each project.

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Kartal Municipality - Kartal Belediye Başkanlığı

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Kartal Municipality, founded in 1871 in Anatolian side of Istanbul as a district municipality, on South-West part of Kocaeli peninsula, Marmara Sea and the Princes Islands near the fault crossing Marmara Sea on the south.

 

Kartal is a big city on the way to become a metropolis with its surface area of 38,54 km2  and its population as per year 2010 census of 432.199 which nowadays reached approximately 500.000.

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Istanbul Technical University – Energy Institute

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The Energy Institute at Istanbul Technical University is a university- based research and development organization in the broad area of energy science and engineering.

 

It provides education, research and collaborative opportunities with partner organizations and individuals.
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Ekodenge

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EKODENGE was founded in 1996 to provide consulting and engineering services shaped around the vision of EU policy and sustainability.

 

Ekodenge concentrates on environmental technologies, information technologies, architectural research on sustainable systems, consultancy, research and development.

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Solitem

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The Solitem Solar Services is the company of the SOLITEM Group that is active in Turkey. The SOLITEM Group includes companies in several countries. In Turkey, the SOLITEM factory in Ankara is one main pillar in the SOLITEM Group.

 

The Solitem Solar Services is responsible for the system design, installation and setup. Overtaking R&D tasks, the creation of feasibility studies, the analysis and execution of the system implementation into the facilities, and the detailed design, installation and setup, the Solar Services completes the portfolio of the SOLITEM Group to operate as a turnkey provider for solar thermal solutions for cooling, steam, heating and electricity generation.

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Reengen

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Reengen is an energy data science company developing solutions for smarter buildings and smarter distribution grid.

 

We provide our customers and partners with advanced data analytics & value added services for operational efficiency optimization, CapEx optimization, and energy performance improvement.

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Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa

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A social housing district with poor insulation, a municipality that is meeting a long-standing demand by residents while transforming the area into a model for eco-sustainability

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Closer to the citizens – R2CITIES website now offers sections in Italian, Spanish and Turkish

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Food for thought during the EU Sustainable Energy Week: 5 days, 5 key topics, 5 lunch academy webinars

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R2CITIES is a proud member of My Smart City District (MSCD), a group of like-minded European Smart Cities projects representing 8 projects, 25 cities across 13 countries.

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Project impact: the why and how of it

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Energy efficient buildings ─ it’s all about mid- to long-term impact. On our environment, on our relationship with our environment, on the way we live, on the way we work.

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Central Europe towards Sustainable Building 2016

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3rd International Conference on Advanced Technology and Sciences

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