Cities as Drivers of Social Change (CIVIS)
In the future, low-carbon smart energy grids will be characterized by the pervasive adoption of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as well as a distributed and bidirectional energy and information flows. Users, individually and collectively, will become energy prosumers, interacting with each and will need to adapt their behaviours, strategies and means of energy generation, distribution, storage, and consumption. The project CIVIS (Cities as drivers of social change) aims at moving one step further the conventional ”transaction-centric” role of ICT in smart grids by a more “holistic”, sociotechnical perspective whereby ICT plays a crucial role in harnessing the potential of social systems and dynamics in achieving a more efficient and environmentally compliant energy system, reshaping in novel ways how energy is generated and used. A multi-disciplinary consortium will integrate and upgrade existing developments into a new platform with a three-tier-structure: (1) the energy network, (2) the information network and (3) the social network. CIVIS follows an experimentally-driven research approach, whereby R&D activities are complemented and sustained by testing in real-life environments in close cooperation with the relevant stakeholders. It will adopt logic of system integration, whereby the focus will be on smartly integrating and reusing existing ICT solutions, allowing for cost effectiveness and scalability. At the local level, a pivotal role is played by two pilot sites, seen as innovation eco-systems where the various stakeholders will be involved in the deployment and testing of the CIVIS ICT based distributed energy system. With respect to the impacts of the project, the pilot sites will be leveraged by the Consortium and a board of local stakeholders, ranging from DSOs to municipalities, to ensure the CIVIS system is adopted by users and by the other players of the energy value chain enabling new forms of social innovation and business models.
from: 1 Oktober 2013
until: 30 September 2016
Funding: EU, FP7