European project POLYCITY

Energy networks in sustainable cities

POLYCITY was a project of the CONCERTO initiative, co-funded by the European Commission. In the course of the POLYCITY project, three large urban areas in Germany, Spain and Italy were developed, with particular emphasis on energy optimisation and the use of renewable energies.

The German project area was the Scharnhauser Park in Ostfildern, a former military area. The most important measure in Scharnhauser Park was the optimisation of a new biomass plant (combined heat and power). One of the targets was the use of the residual heat to cool the office buildings in summer. Furthermore, all buildings have been equipped with optimal heat insulation to minimise heat loss in winter. The measures have been realised between 2005 and 2010.

Besides Scharnhauser Park there were two more urban areas involved: Cerdanyola del Vallès - a development area planned for 50.000 inhabitants north of Barcelona – and Arquata in Turin, a labour district which has been restored with regard to ecological criteria.

Each project was embedded in a network of regional partners and further observer communities. This guaranteed a sustainable development of the projects and an effective exploitation of the results.

POLYCITY was flanked by an Eastern European and a Canadian Western network of cities and communities, wiling to take up and disseminate the experiences and results of POLYCITY.

Special training workshops were developed to provide the necessary information to communities who want to replicate the POLYCITY projects.

Project duration: 05/2005 - 05/2011
Countries: Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain

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