Siemens to lead Manchester smart energy project

Manchester City Council has selected Siemens to lead the energy-related aspects of a collaborative project to develop smart city quarters in three European cities.

The five-year Triangulum project, first announced in October 2014, is funded by the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities programme as part of its Horizon 2020 initiative. 

It will develop smart city districts in Manchester, Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway) that are designed to boost the economy whilst achieving a reduction in carbon emissions.

The collaborative project involves 23 government, research and industry partners across Europe.

The Manchester side of the project will centre on developments in energy, mobility and ICT along Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor and is being led by Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens and digital company, Clicks and Links. 

Smart energy

Siemens will lead the energy-related aspects of the project, which will include connecting up a large number of local energy generation assets, electrical storage devices and buildings to a centralised smart energy grid. This will enable the combined energy generated to be optimised and used in the most energy efficient way, as well as identifying cost savings which will benefit the local area. 

Other developments will include expanding the use of electric vehicles and bicycles along Oxford Road and encouraging use of the city’s tram system to reduce congestions and improve air quality. 

‘Hub of green tech’

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Cities use a large proportion of the world’s resources and need to be in the forefront of environmental improvements.

“New technologies are opening up opportunities all the time and [the Oxford Road Corridor] has the right conditions to show how smart city districts can help make a positive difference.

“Triangulum will further enhance Manchester’s international reputation as a hub of green technology and this exciting project will now benefit from the expertise that Siemens are able to bring to the table.”

‘Driving growth’

Juergen Maier, chief executive at Siemens UK, said: “Siemens has all the right assets for enabling an international smart city district, demonstrating how new technologies can drive growth whilst at the same time reducing carbon emissions. We hope to be able to help the project achieve these objectives.”

The concepts developed in Manchester, Eindhoven and Stavanger will subsequently be transferred to other cities across Europe, starting with Leipzig (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sabadell (Spain).

Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy and Renewables and Environmental Technologies on 13 February 2015

Triangulum Project