An electric bus charging compound in pilot ctiy Nottingham, UK
Registration is now open for the joint CleanMobilEnergy and SEEV4-City Electromobility Workshop, on 17 October 2018 in Paris!
A Smart Energy Management System Integrating Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles
Across North West Europe, cities are increasingly investing in renewable energy production and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. However, the control systems for energy generation, energy utilisation, energy storage and electric vehicle charging work are currently separate from each other. This results in high costs and CO2 emissions due to energy inefficiencies.
Electric vehicles are mostly powered by fossil fuel generated electricity. At the same time, renewable energy is inefficiently utilised because production and demand are not synchronised across the city.
The project CleanMobilEnergy will integrate various renewable energy sources, storage devices, electric vehicles and optimisation of energy consumption through one unique smart energy management system. The development of this intelligent Energy Management System (iEMS) will increase the economic value of renewable energy and significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The iEMS will assure the smart integration through interoperability based on open standards for data flows and analysis tools.
CleanMobilEnergy will make it possible for renewable energy sources to be used locally, so electric vehicles can be charged with 100 % renewable energy offered at an optimum price. Electrical energy from the grid will only be required when prices are low or renewable energy sources are not available; the iEMS monitors and optimises the system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
One generic transnational iEMS will be adapted to the specific City Pilots in Arnhem, Nottingham, Stuttgart and Schwäbisch Gmünd. The City Pilots cover different types of renewable energy, storage and electric vehicles as well as different contexts and diverse city environments.
The CleanMobilEnergy City Pilots are:
1) Arnhem: medium size city, large renewable energy production, large storage in industrial area;
2) Nottingham: medium size city, large renewable energy production, medium size storage, electric vehicles and bi-directional chargers in a controlled area (depot);
3) Stuttgart: the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg;
4) Schwäbisch Gmünd: small city, medium renewable energy production, medium size storage.
The City Pilots will utilise different state-of-the art storage media in various environments, which are representative of North West Europe and are easily replicated in other cities across Europe. Specifically in Nottingham, for example, electric vehicles themselves will be used to power the buildings and depot by using innovative bi-directional chargers controlled by the integrated energy management system iEMS. In Arnhem, on the other hand, renewable energy will be supplied to ships in the harbour adjacent to its industrial. These pilots were chosen to represent a wide range of city sizes and environments, which are essential to developing a widely applicable system for future implementation across Europe.
An electric bus charging compound in pilot ctiy Nottingham, UK
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|Europäisches Institut für Innovation - Technologie e. V.||Chris Ashefirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Nottingham City Council||Steven Cornesemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
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|Institut d’aménagement et d’urbanisme de l’île-de-France||Dany Nguyen-Luongemail@example.com||France|
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Registration is now open for the joint CleanMobilEnergy and SEEV4-City Electromobility Workshop, on 17 October 2018 in Paris!
CME partner EIfI-Tech will be representing CleanMobilEnergy at the 6th Schwäbisch Gmünd forum on Electromobility this September. The event will bring together local stakeholders and key players in electromobility in the Baden-Württemberg region in Germany.
CME partner EIfI-Tech will represent CleanMobilEnergy at the 2nd Municipal Networking Meeting "Mobility on the Ground @ Baden-Württemberg - Electrical and Digital". Here the challenges of charging infrastructure, municipal electric vehicle fleets and car sharing will be discussed through lectures and moderated theme tables.
This international networking event will be organised by the Province of Gelderland, Bureau Brussels and the Municipality of Arnhem with the objective to inform each other about the ambitions and results of six EU-projects (including CME!) carried in the Province of Gelderland.
The UK’s Premier Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2018, hosted by CME partner Cenex, will be held on 12th-13th of September.
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2018, at which CME will be presented and discussed, will offer a diverse programme of conferences, discussions, and networking events aimed at shaping Europe’s energy future.
The Dutch CME partners and stakeholders will convene in the Netherlands to update one another on the current status of the CME project and discuss next steps for pilot city Arnhem.
An international workshop between the pilot demonstration cities to discuss and agree on functional requirements of the intelligent Energy Management System (iEMS). Hosted by TfL in conjunction with LIST.
The Ports and the City - Smart & Healthy will inform and inspire participants on how to make inland port areas ''healthy, liveable, sustainable and smart,'' as well as dive deep into the issue of inland waterway transport zero-emission and climate neutral by 2050.
The ELIPTIC project cordially invites local and regional authorities to a workshop organised in cooperation with other European projects.
On 18th October 2018, CME partner Polis hosted an expert roundtable on "Electromobility roll-out in cities" at AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit in Paris, France. Read More
As part of a larger Wind and Solar Energy Integration Symposium, the E-mobility Integration in the Grid Symposium was organized at the KTH in Stockholm. The main theme of this symposium was how to ensure the grid will be ready for providing power to a growing amount of EVs. Read More
The CME project poster & video animations were presented at the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle (LCV) event - hosted by CME partner, Cenex. The event incorporated four key features: i) technology exhibition, ii) extensive seminar programme, iii) facilitated networking with low carbon community, iv) ride & drive of the latest research & development and commercially available vehicles. Read More
At IPKW industrial estate in Arnhem this September, three ''new energy in Europe'' events were combined to find synergy between different EU projects. Read More
CleanMobilEnergy partner, Nottingham City Council, went to Copenhagen, Denmark to see the world’s first fully electric commercial fleet, which uses vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology to offer grid-balancing services. Read More
As part of “EU Sustainable Energy Week: Lead the Clean Energy Transition”, Nottingham City Council (NCC) hosted a tour of their latest solar PV installation for colleagues at Loxley House in Nottingham, UK. Read More
Yesterday's ''Europe’s Urban Energy-Mobility'' session and panel discussion at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 Conference in Brussels brought together four different European projects working for the common goal of a more sustainable Europe - through clean mobility, of course! Read More
Yesterday, all local associated partners, subpartners and other stakeholders of the Arnhem city pilot were invited to for update on the CME project's local implementation and impact. Read More
Last week, CME partners from the Netherlands presented and participated at an international event organized by the city of Nijmegen (Green Capital of Europe 2018) as part of their CLINSH project. The discussions and presentations concerned clean inland shipping; i.e. shore power, electric and hybrid barges, etc. Read More
Bas Eickhout (MEP) has accepted the role as a CME Ambassador in the trans-European CME Ambassadors' network. Read More
One generic transnational iEMS will be adapted to our CleanMobilEnergy City Pilots across North West Europe. These pilots range from small towns to large cities and cover different types of renewable energy, storage and electric vehicles.
Scroll down for a peek into our CleanMobilEnergy City Pilots: Arnhem (NL), Nottingham (UK), Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE) Stuttgart (DE)!
This city pilot is located in Arnhem, a medium sized city in the Netherlands with renewable energy already serving as a large share of its energy production.
With the implementation of CME, renewable energy will be supplied to cruise-ships in the maintenance harbour adjacent to the city’s industrial area through a cold ironing system. This means that instead of using the ship’s own diesel engine electricity is provided, which is to be generated by the nearby solar field.
The project location for the Arnhem City Pilot is located all across the city, however the core of the attributes is located at the IPKW terrain. An industrial area, close to where the solar plant is under development (approx. 14 MWp), and in the near future 4 wind turbines will be added .
The solar field is not directly part of the CleanMobilEnergy investments, but will be the unique provider of renewable energy to this pilot. Connected to the solar field, the Arnhem partners have jointly developed and or connected to the CleanMobilEnergy iEMS :
One notable feature about this pilot city is its charging plazas. The charging plaza featured in the images above was installed in Arnhem for public use and is composed of 16 charge points on one grid connection.
A computer directs different levels of power to different vehicles, depending on the vehicles' need. Additionally, Arnhem aims to connect cold ironing (shore-to-ship power) to a solar field through effective RES storage and the iEMS. Arnhem will utilise wind turbines as well, converting wind energy to charge EVs.
In CME, the Arnhem pilot is the only project which has been developed in a divided public space. This means that the energy generation, storage and energy using devices are remotely placed and have individual electricity connections, contacts and direct interaction is limited. In contrary to situations where these devices exist behind one connection, metering and billing system.
This project has shown that the combination of a huge renewable energy source and electric mobility (ships and cars) provides a feasible technical solution in a distributed environment.
However the energy administration rules and regulations, related finances on both energy contracts or costs of single or joint grid connections are not yet ready for this kind of innovative systems…
The utilisation of energy provided by the Arnhem solar field will be enhanced through the iEMS, with the objective to steer to less CO2 emissions on larger scale, and to investigate how the ships in maintenance and EV charging stations will use the highest percentage of locally made renewable energy.
This charging plaza in Arnhem is controlled and monitored by a computer to supply different levels of power to vehicles depending on their need.
Cold ironing, or shore connection, shore-to-ship power (SSP) or alternative maritime power (AMP), will provide shoreside electrical power to ships in Arnhem's main harbour.
Nottingham is a medium sized city in the UK with a large share of its energy production sourced from renewable energy sources. Nottingham has large ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) funds, as well as the UK’s largest solar installation and the first Municipal Energy Company. Even before CME, Nottingham has a medium sized renewable energy storage capacity (is the most energy autonomous city in the UK), as well as electric vehicles and bi-directional chargers in controlled areas or depots.
In Nottingham, electric vehicles themselves will be used to power the buildings and depot by using innovative bi-directional chargers controlled by the integrated energy management system iEMS.
This City Pilot will deliver:
CME project partner, Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies (CENEX), will oversee the city pilot of Nottingham with the help of Nottingham City Council (NCC). CENEX also provides technical and commercial support for demonstration projects in Nottingham, with a specific emphasis on the integration of electric vehicles into the energy system.
(Above) Electric charging compounds power Nottingham's public buses.
(Below) Through CME, the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham now boasts a 67kWp solar car port with an additional 200kWp rooftop system.
Commercial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) units, such as this unit in Birmingham, are being installed across the UK.
The final city pilot, Schwäbisch Gmünd, is a small city in Germany with a population of around 60,000. Although Schwäbisch Gmünd boasts the 2nd largest solar park of Germany, the city utilises a small amount of renewable energy in relation to its total energy production. Here, there are small scale RES storage facilities, and electric bikes are being used in residential areas.
The actions of this city pilot:
The goal of the iEMS is to induce a high level of energy autonomy at small city scale. CME will allow for this by managing various solar installations and implementing LEV-charging infrastructure and buildings where energy is consumed and stored. The iEMS will manage and optimise this energy production and consumption.
The City of Schwäbisch Gmünd strongly supports the project's technological implementations. Unicorn Energy, with suport from the European Institute for Innovation - Technology e.V. (EIfI-Tech) and the City of Schwäbisch-Gmünd), manages this City Pilot.
E-car and solar park photo credits: Schimkat Fotodesign
Unicorn Engineering and its regional partnership manages the German City Pilot.
(Below) Charging and exchange stations for batteries serve as a temporary storage.
(Above) Lease and rental vehicle infrastructure with integrated LEV and battery exchange stations is already in place.
(Below) The goal of the iEMS is to induce a high level of energy autonomy at small city scale.
The City Pilot of Stuttgart will provide data on light electric vehicle (LEV) mobility in connection to the iEMS at church organisations. This unique mobility use case shall:
(Above) One of eFlow's pop-up mobility stations made possible by the Interreg CleanMobilEnergy project in Stuttgart, Germany.
(Below) The Stuttgart City Pilot demonstrating CleanMobilEnergy's cloud-based energy management solution, REMove.
CleanMobilEnergy is excited to present an inside look into the trans-European CME Ambassador network, which is designed to leverage CME policy recommendations and thus accelerate growth of the CME approach. CME Ambassadors are highly qualified, politically active individuals who engage with the project on a local, regional, and EU level throughout the project lifetime.
The CME Ambassadors are a foremost feature in the communication and dissemination of CME outputs to assure CME produces long-term effects that will extend well beyond the project’s completion.
Scroll down for brief biographies of the experienced and talented CME Ambassadors as well as their individual roles on the CME team.
After having worked at the Île-de-France Region President’s Cabinet on Transport for nine years, Françoise Guaspare is in charge of transport at the Permanent Representation of the Paris/Île-de-France Region in Brussels since 2008. She currently oversees Smart Cities, electro-mobility, eco-mobility trans-European network of transport, freight, urban mobility, decarbonisation of transport, Transport Research and Innovation, clean transport. Françoise Guaspare works very closely with the European Commission as well as the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the development of new financial schemes for sustainable urban projects; i.e. Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), and so on.
With strategic advising, Françoise supports the implementation of several European projects in the field of sustainable and urban mobility. She is constantly active in producing transport policy positions on behalf of European regions. She currently leads an expert group, established under the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF), focusing on financing in the framework of the alternative fuel in Cities.
She also leads the Transport working group of the European Regional Network on Research and Innovation (ERRIN) and the local public investments of POLIS Network.
Richard Arnold was born and raised as a ''Gmünder''. Having studied Administrative Sciences in Konstanz and in Frankfurt in Germany, Richard Arnold received a scholarship to attend the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Cambridge in the United States. Later, he became a fellow of the German Council of the European Movement at the College of Europe in Bruges and was employed by the Center for European Studies in Brussels as an expert in EU Agricultural and Environmental Policy for two years.
In 1990, Arnold’s love of nature brought him to the BUND, the Federation for the Environment and the Conservation, as Deputy Head of "Europe" in the Ministry of Agriculture in Stuttgart. From 1993 to 1996, he served in the State Ministry, and from 1996 to the year 2000, he finally took over as the Head of "Cross-border and Interregional Cooperation". From 2000 to 2009, Arnold headed the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg of the European Union in Brussels. In 2007, the time of the German EU Council Presidency, Arnold was selected in a survey of business enterprises in the prestigious "Managermagazin" to be amongst the top 20 most famous and influential Germans in Brussels.
The exciting tasks and the multifaceted challenges as the highest representative of one of the most economically powerful countries in the EU have brought Richard Arnold into the limelight on other political levels. In 2009, Richard Arnold was elected Oberbürgermeister (''High Mayor'') of Schwäbisch Gmünd in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In 2012, he was honored by the Mérite Européen for his services. In September 2013, Richard Arnold received the "Mayor of the Month" award from the international City Mayors Foundation in London for his response to the current refugee crisis in Europe. He is the first German mayor to hold this award. Schwäbish Gmünd's Oberbürgermeister also lands an impressive fifth place on "World Mayor Honors List", the Foundation's 2016 Honorary List.
In May 2017, the Gmünders re-elected Richard Arnold as Oberbürgermeister. Strengthened by the re-election, the city council of Schwäbisch Gmünd is currently continuing on its quest for an open, citizen-oriented urban policy. Now, the city is planning to take further steps toward sustainability and quality of life, especially as this relates to serving displaced refugees and adapting to Europe’s energy transition, into a dynamic future.
Cllr. Sally Longford of the Nottingham City Council (NCC) in Nottingham, United Kingdom has lived and worked in Nottingham for her whole life. She is a committed environmentalist and studied Geography as a mature student at the University of Nottingham, continued as a Postgraduate and subsequently became a teacher. She retired from teaching in 2014.
Longford was elected for the NCC in 2011 and became a Cabinet Member in 2017. As Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, she currently holds the responsibility for many important city and environmental issues that she considers very close to her heart, including sustainability, carbon reduction, healthy and adequate air quality and conservation.
''I look forward to my involvement in the CME project,'' explains Cllr. Sally Longford in an interview with CME, ''particularly sharing learnings from the innovative trial of Vehicle2Grid and battery storage technologies in our City Pilot. I am proud that Nottingham City Council is investing in demonstrating smart solutions to manage energy and increase use of renewable generation at our operational sites, supported by Interreg NWE funding. CME will help to drive Nottingham’s ambitious environmental agenda and help to achieve our UK100 pledge which commits the city to 100% green energy by 2050.''
Cathelijne has been appointed Vice Mayor for the city of Arnhem on 30th of May 2018 as a respresentative of the Green Party (GroenLinks) in Arnhem. She has been leader of the Green Party in the Arnhem Council since 2014. Cathelijne previously has had manegement jobs and advisory jobs in the cultural field in Arnhem. As vice mayor she is responsible for:
In her role as ambassador for the CME project and vice mayor of the lead partner she will have an active role in building a ambassadors team for this project. She will be visiting all partners during the project life time and meet with all appointed ambassadors. She will also be present at all CME events in Arnhem and EU meetings in Brussels where CME plays a part. Cathelijne is very much engaged in sustainable living and activily contributes to the energy transition.
Here you will get the low-down on all things CME...in one minute or less!
The CME Mobile Minute is designed to give you a brief insider's look into what's going within the CleanMobilEnergy project across North West Europe.
Mobile Minute #1: Local Stakeholder Meeting in Schwäbisch Gmünd, 25th July 2018
This first Mobile Minute captures Chris Ashe, Director of the European Institute for Innovation - Technology (EIfI-Tech), giving an up-to-date overview on EIfI-Tech's involvement in CME. This Mobile Minute immediately follows a local stakeholder group meeting in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany on the 25th of July.
Mobile Minute #2: City pilot update from Nottingham, UK (August 2018)
It's summertime and the sun is shining. Can you think of a better time for a solar panel installation?!
Katie Greenhalgh, Energy Projects Manager for Nottingham City Council (NCC), gives a pilot update from a PV system (solar panel) installation in CME city pilot Nottingham, UK (August 2018).
Mobile Minute #3: City pilot update from Arnhem, NL (September 2018)
Behind the scenes of our shore-to-ship power (SSP or cold ironing) CleanMobilEnergy pilot site in Arnhem, Netherlands - featuring Jan Fransen of CME subpartner Walvoorzieningen Nederland (WVnld) & our project's lead partner, Peter Swart of Gemeente Arnhem.
Here is where the Dutch partners will make connections to supply renewably sourced energy to at least 18-21 large vessels coming into the Nieuwe Haven (''New Harbor) in Arnhem. The vessels will eventually receive this energy directly from solar panels on site, which can be switched on and off using smart technology and optimised via the iEMS.
Mobile Minute #4: Grand opening of Nieuwe Haven cold ironing pilot site (December 2018)
Within the CleanMobilEnergy project, the Dutch pilot city Arnhem focuses on supplying ships with renewable energy, sourced directly from solar panels through shore-to-ship power (SSP or cold ironing). This video documents the grand opening of the Nieuwe Haven pilot site, held on the 7th of December 2018.
Some highlights of the grand opening event
The Nieuwe Haven (''New Harbor) in Arnhem supplies ships with renewable energy, sourced directly from a solar panel field nearby, which will be optimised using the interoperable energy management system (iEMS).
Mobile Minute #5: Introducing the new CleanMobilEnergy Stuttgart pilot
CleanMobilEnergy pilot partner, Hannes Neupert, provides a brief introduction to the new City Pilot in Stuttgart, Germany, which explores light electric vehicle (LEV) mobility as replacement for combustion engine cars used by churches and their networks.
Through a series of digital seminars, the Interreg North-West Europe CleanMobilEnergy (CME) project shares its lessons learned to ensure the successful rollout and longevity of the CME interoperable Energy Management System (iEMS) across the 4 City Pilots of Arnhem, Nottingham, Schwäbisch Gmünd and Stuttgart.
The events will take place in September 2021 – November 2022 as a continued series, with each digital seminar building upon the last.
CME Digital Seminar Series
The second event in the CleanMobilEnergy Digital Seminar series took place place on Wednesday, 16 February 2022 from 10:00 to 10:45 Central European Time (CET) and aimed to present CleanMobilEnergy's interoperable Energy Management System (iEMS), developed and tested in various City Pilot environments.
As many European cities are investing in renewable energy and e-mobility, the iEMS can be applied to varying situations in multiple cities, offering a solution for decarbonisation beyond the context of mobility. Electricity from the grid will only be required when prices are low or renewable energy sources are not available – and the iEMS monitors and optimises the system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The iEMS provides solutions for decarbonisation; it brings all sectors requiring to be decarbonised into a single package, where digitisation serves as the enabler of decarbonisation.
Communicated by Pierre Kil of OpenRemote through the digital seminar and live demonstration of the iEMS was that, by assuring the smart integration of renewable resources through interoperability – based on open standards for data flows and analysis tools – the iEMS will make it possible for RES to be used locally; with the iEMS, electric vehicles can be charged with 100 % renewable energy, offered at an optimal price.
10:00 - 10:25 Presentation on CleanMobilEnergy's interoperable energy management system – and how it can be valuable in your city/region
10:25 - 10:45 Moderated Q&A session
Speaker(s): Pierre Kil, Open Remote
Event Moderator: Chris Ashe, European Institute for Innovation - Technology e.V. (EIfI-Tech)
The first event in the CleanMobilEnergy Digital Seminar series provides a general overview of the CleanMobilEnergy project, through which an interoperable Energy Management System (iEMS) is being developed and implemented to optimise energy production and usage, thus dramatically reducing carbon emissions.
Watch the video recording of the first event of the digital series, which took place on Tuesday, the 28th of September 2021 from 11:00-12:00 CET, online.