Holistic simulation and optimization of energy systems in Smart Cities

Project: EU project

Project Details


CITYOPT mission is to improve sustainability by enabling more energy-efficient built environments. The specific target is to engage users with the new CITYOPT applications, create new partnerships connecting city leaders and stakeholders and create new business models for decision support systems for energy efficient neighbourhoods.The project will create a set of applications and related guidelines that support planning, detailed design and operation of energy systems in urban districts. The project will address energy system optimization in different life cycle phases considering specific optimization potentials and user & stakeholder involvement characteristics. The building of CITYOPT applications will rely on many re-usable component models that are available from existing simulation software libraries.The expected results are applications that bring together information and guidelines for designing scenarios of energy systems or parts of them. These will be supported by a user-centred design approach and analysis of people's attitudes, behaviours and mental models. Simulation results of scenarios used in the projects case studies will be presented, as well as operational results from field tests in real-life environments. These outputs will show how to prioritise alternative energy solution scenarios based on social, economic and environmental criteria.
Effective start/end date1/02/1431/01/17

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • City of Helsinki
  • Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur
  • Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)
  • Électricité de France S.A. (EDF)
  • Experientia Srl
  • Helen Oy

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Funding category

  • EU-FP7