Project leader : CleanHorizon
The IDEpolis tool was built to help communities in the decision making process regarding their future electricity and heat generation. Testing the model on specific European cities showed that there were energy pathways that allowed to both decrease the current gas and electricity bills while increasing the renewables penetration.
This confirms that the energy policies need to be taken at a community level to enable urban areas to choose the most relevant energy pathway depending on their specific characteristics. Empowering communities regarding their electricity and heat generation would allow community projects to rise and specific urban constraints to be considered regarding renewables installation.
Several technologies were flagged as key on a technic economic basis to provide energy to cities: energy from waste plants constitute a cheap and reliable source of heat and electricity especially when coupled with district heating networks. Photovoltaic panels on rooftops can significantly contribute to the end user electricity use and thus reduce cities requirements for fossil fuel fired power plants. Finally, wind turbines are an efficient and cheap way to provide electricity in rural areas.
As the development of electric vehicles has started to increase drastically cities energy consumptions and prove the limits of the existing network infrastructure, distributed renewables and storage gain relevance in urban areas.
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