Andalucia Government Launches SmartCity Plan

A pioneering project which introduces a new urban energy management model in a bid to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and shift consumption to renewable energies has been launched in Malaga, in southern Spain.

Some €31 million has been earmarked for the project which involves 11 companies under the leadership of utility group Endesa.

The project is to be carried out in Malaga, specifically in the city’s Playa de la Misericordia section, for the benefit of 300 industrial customers, 900 services providers and 11,000 households, over a period of four years. Renewable-energy sources will be linked up to the grid to more closely match generation to consumption by installing photovoltaic panels on public buildings, using micro power generation in some hotels and installing micro wind power systems in the area.

There will also be energy storage systems in the form of batteries, so that some of the energy can be used later in climate controlling buildings, lighting public areas and electric transport. Similarly, to encourage the use of electric cars, recharging stations will be installed and a small fleet of vehicles will be dispatched. The project targets energy savings of 20%.

All customers participating in the project will receive new smart meters to make more sustainable consumption easier. The installation of smart and advanced telecommunications and remote control systems will further permit real-time and automated adjustments to the distribution network for a new form of energy management and better service.
SmartCity’s budget is partly financed by the European regional development fund (ERDF) with backing from the Junta de Andalucía and the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology.

The project is also backed by Enel, Acciona, IBM, Sadiel, Ormazábal, Neo Metrics, Isotrol, Telvent, Ingeteam and Greenpower.

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