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SPARCS successful P2P Energy Platforms Workshop

On 3 September, SPARCS and POCITYF organized a successful P2P ENERGY PLATFORMS WORKSHOP that took place online and on the spot as a side event of the URBIS Smart City Fair and the EIP-SCC General Assembly.

This hybrid workshop, held in a thought-provoking atmosphere with more than 70 participants from all across Europe, invited a large number of interesting experts who contributed with their presentations on a variety of topics related to P2P Energy Platforms. Both informative and interactive, this workshop had something for everyone’s taste. 

Anne Sullivan, Member of Mission Board of Climate Neutral and Smart Cities, gave the opening speech at the event. Anne was followed by Andreas Tuerk from Joanneum Research who presented on the impact of local electricity grid tariffs for energy communities on energy cost savings and vulnerable consumer groups by using an Austrian case study. Two blockchain-related presentations were next on the agenda. Simon Johanning from Leipzig University had a presentation on how the mystification of blockchain technology stands in the way of mature blockchain-based energy use cases. Tasos Tsitsanis from the SPARCS partner Suite5 closed the first part of the workshop with a demonstration of data value creation for city stakeholders through blockchain-enabled, trusted sharing of data gathered in urban buildings.

The morning of the workshop continued with five inspiring presentations. George Koutitas from Kimatica presented results from P2P energy donation platform deployment in the USA and EU. Boris Tistan from Powel.AI showed how disaggregated market behaviour improves system operation. Mark van Wees from Hogeschool van Amsterdam spoke about the energy and climate change mitigation impact of P2P energy trading in Positive Energy Districts. Beril Alpagut from Demir Enerji showed her views on citizens in future PEDs/PENs/PERs, while Sebastian Boehm from Leipziger Stadtwerke, a SPARCS partner, closed the morning part of the workshop with a presentation on how the city of Leipzig and Leipziger Stadtwerke are working together in energy transition.

The interactive part of the workshop was opened with a pitch session. In short petcha-kutcha style, we heard from  Shaun Gibbons from the city of London and Bojan Schnabl from the city of Vienna, who updated us on the progress in their cities.

The final part of the workshop was dedicated to interactive sessions to discuss three different topics:  

1. Regulation, Frameworks and P2P
How can P2P Platforms benefit from trending regulations?

2. All About Blockchain

3. P2P Citizen Engagement
How to make Citizen Engagement through P2P Platforms work?

After passionate discussions and engaged exchanges, the topic leaders presented short outcomes of the sessions and summarized the conclusions.

The event participants were found asking for more after the conclusion of this workshop. Therefore, SPARCS, POCITYF, and their smart cities projects co-organizers Sharing Cities, Smarter Together, +CityxChange and Atelier, are already aiming at preparing similar workshops in the future.



European City Facility (EUCF)

1st Call for Funding Applications

Deadline: 2 October, 2020.

SPARCS Consortium Meeting

The SPARCS Consortium Meeting will take place online in the week from 5 to 9 October 2020.

This meeting is a great opportunity for all SPARCS partners to recap the work on the project in its first year as well as a chance to exchange knowledge and experience on building up positive energy districts and a variety of topics that the project covers.

Various parallel sessions will address the first year developments in both Lighthouse cities: Espoo and Leipzig, as well as present a Fellow cities showcase and focus on future replication activities, while building up an ambitious City Vision 2050.

All public information from the sessions will be shared online.


Does your city promote electric bikes? Are you looking into using drones? How do you move around your city to help the environment?

On the occasion of the EU Mobility Week and this years' theme “Zero-emission mobility for all” SPARCS together with16 similar smart city projects launched a virtual flash mob #WeMoveSmart to raise the issue of sustainable mobility in cities.

For the purposes of this campaign, SPARCS gathered experiences from its project partners and cities that are all shared on its social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Please follow us, like, retweet and share our SPARCS promotional cards and contribute to our efforts to achieve greater appreciation of the reality that shifting to green mobility is fundamental to guarantee a good quality of life to many cities’ inhabitants.

Towards achieving carbon neutrality in Kladno. Renovation of city buildings by EPC mechanism

Within SPARCS, Kladno city representatives, in cooperation with other experts, analyse the possibilities of renovating city buildings, especially school facilities. It is foreseen that the condition of the buildings will improve, the comfort for their users will increase, and also significant financial and energy savings will be achieved.

The overall city goal is to improve the condition of schools and other buildings in the city and to design a more comfortable environment for the pupils, teachers and staff, and at the same time achieve energy, climate and financial savings.

In order to be able to do so, Kladno city representatives started in July 2020 an analysis of the suitability of using the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) method.

This analysis was initiated under the implementation of the SPARCS project, where the city of Kladno is a fellow city, and it includes 15 buildings encompassing the city and sports facilities. Depending on the results of this analysis that are foreseen to be presented in early October  2020 the city of Kladno may decide whether and to what extent it will implement the modernization of the buildings. Of course, sufficient funding and a relevant combination of proposed measures would be key aspects of taking such a decision.

Kladno city representatives in cooperation with an external company have completed all inspections of school buildings and other city buildings that allowed them to determine the condition of energy sources and the condition of buildings as such. The visits were very beneficial as they shone light on the real conditions of the buildings and enabled to have a detailed discussion with the building managers. Some buildings (especially schools) are in good condition, others need to be repaired or equipped with more energy efficient sources, some buildings need significant interventions that will bring comfort to pupils, teachers, staff and other users.
The use of the EPC method together with the utilisation of an EU grant help Kladno to bridge the gap in city incomes that are lower due to the pandemic situation. The EPC method can help find a balance between the initial investment and the final savings. Therefore, it is appropriate to include more buildings into the EPC project in order to get the greatest possible potential for quick return measures.

At this point in time, it is premature to anticipate the results that the analysis will bring. However, in general, the measures to be implemented could include solutions such as: insulation of buildings, replacement of windows, replacement of electrical installations, replacement or renovation of heating facilities, smart building management, or installation of cogeneration units or photovoltaics as additional energy sources and so on.

Once the analysis brings such results, we will report on the solutions selected and the learnings from SPARCS.

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