European project TRIANGULUM


As one of the „lighthouse projects“ of the European Commission in the area „Ideas for smart cities and communities“ TRIANGULUM with 22 project partner received 25 million Euro funding from the EU. The project has been coordinated by Fraunhofer IAO with the support of SEZ.

The consortium was looking for solutions for the city of tomorrow and will develop smart urban districts. Triangulum stands for the three points demonstrate, disseminate andreplicate. The project has implemented pioneering concepts for sustainable energy supply, mobility, and information technology in the three cities of Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands), and Stavanger (Norway). Subsequently, the concepts will be transferred to the follower cities Leipzig (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), and Sabadell (Spain).

At the heart of the project is an ICT architecture that will be used in all three flagship cities. It is the foundation that enables the individual technologies in the city to be connected and coordinated with each other.

In Eindhoven, two districts have been transformed into sustainable living environments during the course of the project. A district-wide ICT solution allows residents to access different kinds of infrastructure, such as booking electric vehicles from a district car sharing scheme or using smart parking concepts. In addition, electric buses make city traffic more eco-friendly.

In Stavanger, electric vehicles are already a familiar sight. In spite of this, the city with the highest density of electric vehicles in Europe would like to be a motor for development and growth. A high-performance fiber optic network ensures that data can be exchanged very rapidly. Citizens, enterprises, research institutions and the health sector benefit from the high-speed ICT infrastructure which will improve planning, reduce energy consumption and enable telediagnosis.

In Manchester a student quarter for around 72,000 students was transformed into a smart city district. This entails renovating historical buildings and building up an autonomous energy grid to supply the entire district with heat and electricity. The grid combines geothermal and district heating with two independently operating electricity grids and a fuel cell that can store excess energy.

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum accompanied the Fraunhofer IAO in the application process and assisted with administrative, financial and legal project coordination as well as the dissemination and communication of project results.

Project duration: 02/2015 – 01/2020
Participating Countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain



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