Significant energy savings in districts

A university campus can reduce its energy demand by at least 20%. And a social housing neighbourhood can reduce CO2 emissions up to 25 tonnes per year. These are just some of the impressive results of the European project RESILIENT. With significant savings on the energy bills too, city managers can benefit in many ways from the development of energy districts.

Energy efficiency solutions at district level are much more effective than measures in buildings alone. This was demonstrated by pilot projects in different geographical areas in Europe, in Italy, Belgium and the UK. A district perspective comes with complex challenges, such as the interaction between the energy system and multiple stakeholders. It is also necessary that the energy system runs independently, with inclusion of renewable energies.

Over the past 4 years the European project RESILIENT developed examples of such dynamic and complex energy management systems. These demonstrators are a combination of different innovative technologies, including optimised energy generation and storage technologies, as well as smart ICT components. Together, they showed that significant annual energy savings can be achieved this way. For example, results at a university in Italy showed overall savings on the energy bill of about €50.000 per year. At the same time, their energy system is able to run independently, even in the case of a power blackout. This should be quite a nice motivation for cities to investigate the potential of energy districts.

A book with all the RESILIENT results will be published in September 2016.