Smart Energy: FlexSUS

Smart Energy: FlexSUS

Smart urban energy systems are critical levers to reach decarbonisation targets. City planners need to engage into clear and efficient decarbonisation strategies to ensure local sustainability leadership. However, municipalities often lack the means to effectively assess, monitor and contribute to draw energy systems and spatial planning scenarios that minimise carbon emissions. This gap between existing energy systems and future decarbonised cities can be addressed through smart energy systems integration; appropriate data management tools and adapted regulatory frameworks and respond to EU desire for smart cities development and in particular Positive Energy Districts.

The municipality partners (from Denmark, Sweden and Rotterdam) will be able to identify the best solutions to decarbonise their heat sector, powered by district heating, including through the increase of energy systems coupling via electrification. Electrification gives access to large flexibility and storage potentials. Provided the right technical solutions are made available backed by coherent regulation, the smart integration of energy systems will optimise future systems planning at the city level for a low carbon future. Similar energy systems coupling needs are expressed in most European cities, either to couple electricity with transportation or with power-to-gas applications, which gives FlexSUS strong opportunities for replicability.

The FlexSUS project develops a decision-making tool to support smart urban energy systems based on digital solutions which enable municipalities and city planners to optimize their energy systems while implementing climate change mitigation efforts. The project builds on optimisation of existing and planned energy systems and develops bridges across them in the form of data management system and visualization tool to be used by system planners that adapt to the specific needs and energy resources of the cities.