SUI (Smart Urban Isle): Smart bioclimatic low-carbon urban areas as innovative energy isles in the sustainable city
The SMART URBAN ISLE (SUI) will be exploring how energy mini-ecosystems are integrated in the existing urban fabric, having as main objective to move forward with the urban energy savings through a whole new urban planning that allows cities to grow in a sustainable way. Moreover, it intends to enrich this point of view with a much bigger network of SUIs and therefore to develop the smart city concept considering an urban fabric of Smart Urban Isles (smart basic and optimal energy independent units).
A Smart Urban Isle is an urban area around a bioclimatic (public) building, having a smart energy network, which creates synergy between buildings and energy systems and makes use of the scale advantages for energy (storage) solutions. Two major results are expected to be solved are:
The Smart Urban Isle will be achieved through a three-cornerstone procedure. The project is formed by three complementary and integrated energy focused blocks:
Consequently, an innovative new concept for city planning is developed, where cities are arranged and grow through small integrated areas. Moreover, this project is intended to be adapted to larger scales by connecting several facilities and even entire neighbourhoods, districts or cities. Thus building up complex systems out of SUIs.
The concept will be validated in cities in 8 cities from 6 countries (Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, Cyprus and Austria).