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Seamless parking solution: Leipzig's park and ride spaces in real time

By Linh Pham on Oct 13, 2023 4:04:49 PM

The Leipzig Public Transport Company (LVB), in collaboration with the City of Leipzig, has introduced an innovative feature in the LeipzigMove app. Since last month, this feature has been aimed at enhancing the use of Park-and-Ride (P+R) facilities during big events like football matches or concerts, while also providing effective guidance to drivers. It enables real-time monitoring of parking space availability on these premises. Currently, the functionality is in the testing phase.

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SPARCS: Pioneering sustainable energy solutions in Leipzig and beyond

By Linh Pham on Aug 7, 2023 1:52:30 PM

Under the guidance of the EU initiative SPARCS (Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS), an innovative endeavor is underway to establish a comprehensive energy district in the western region of Leipzig. Collaboratively, seven European cities are dedicating their efforts to the development of an innovative framework that interconnects neighborhoods, blocks, and structures into a sophisticated smart energy ecosystem. The primary objective of this initiative is to significantly curtail CO2 emissions while concurrently augmenting the integration of renewable energy sources.

Leipzig - Leading Sustainable Transformation as a Lighthouse City

The lighthouse cities Espoo (Finland) and Leipzig (Germany) are implementing large-scale demonstration projects. Lighthouse cities are pioneers committed to creating sustainable, energy-positive, and zero-carbon communities. The EU funded project provides support as these cities address multifaceted challenges on their path to sustainability. Through inclusive management and planning models, SPARCS aims to demonstrate and validate innovative solutions for smart and integrated energy systems. These efforts will transform these cities into sustainable, zero-carbon ecosystems, enhancing the quality of life for their citizens. 

The group includes 31 partners from ten countries. In Leipzig, the venture is being carried out by the City of Leipzig along with the following partners: Leipziger Stadtwerke, University of Leipzig, Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, Wohnen & Service Leipzig, Cenero Energy, and seecon Ingenieure.

SPARCS in Action: Realized Projects Shaping Leipzig's Future

Green electricity for the Leipzig Cotton Mill

SPARCS is transforming the former largest cotton mill (Baumwollspinnerei) site in Europe into an innovative, sustainable neighborhood. The model district at Baumwollspinnerei will feature a self-consumption photovoltaic system with energy storage, a grid connection, and a connected heating system to ensure future electricity and heat supply. Excess energy will be fed into the Stadtwerke Leipzig grid. In the realm of e-mobility, SPARCS introduces forward-looking solutions at Baumwollspinnerei. A centralized charging network for tenants and public e-car sharing is being established. Research-oriented bidirectional charging stations will enable commercial fleet vehicles to both receive and return electricity.

Exploring Real-time Energy Management

Energy management helps to optimize the energy system, detect faults, reduce losses, automate energetic functions, and make them more efficient. The data helps identify weak points, and a concept is developed to enhance the system. Recently, the Cenero Energy Showrooms opened on the historic site of the Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig. It is with great pleasure that we announce that BITROAD managing director and SpinLab partner Lukas Zechel has been appointed COO of cenero.one, bringing his multifaceted perspective to this exciting project. In this showroom, visitors can experience Cenero.one first-hand, a state-of-the-art live energy management platform. The data presented at the showroom offers insight to the various innovative measures implemented at the Baumwollspinnerei. Here Cenero.one, analyze and report the results of the different interventions. Visitors can witness the energy dynamics of the location in a variety of charts and dashboards. 

Leipziger Stadtwerke tests holistic energy data management 

Leipziger Stadtwerke, within the SPARCS initiative, has undertaken the implementation of a holistic energy data management system aimed at facilitating coordinated interactions among diverse sectors like energy, e-mobility, producers, and consumers. This endeavor seeks to enhance data exchange across different digital systems, emphasizing interoperability. By integrating open-source programs and standardized technologies, the project established a virtual power plant (VPP) as a comprehensive energy management system.

Get here to the SPARCS website not to miss current developments and events.

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Schkeuditz's autonomous mobility journey with Nextbike's rental bikes

By Linh Pham on Jun 8, 2023 3:55:21 PM

Since April, people in Schkeuditz have been able to rent bicycles flexibly as part of a two-year pilot project. At least 85 bicycles from the company nextbike by TIER are available in the town, which will initially be supplemented by cargo bikes. The new bike rental service is part of the "Ready for Smart City Robots" (R4R) project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport. The research project seeks to find out whether small cities are suitable for autonomous mobility systems. Where are the obstacles, and how must the infrastructure be transformed and upgraded so that something like this is feasible? Following a Europe-wide call for applications, the company nextbike was selected for the two-year pilot project, which will be extended to the city of Taucha in 2024.

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Germany's largest solar thermal plant to be constructed in Leipzig

By Linh Pham on Apr 5, 2023 4:51:02 PM

Multi-utility Leipziger Stadtwerke will build Germany's largest solar thermal plant on a 14-hectare field in the Lausen-Grünau district of Leipzig.  Leipziger Stadtwerke is part of the SpinLab partner Leipziger Gruppe. The project is part of the city's transformation plan for district heating to more renewable energies. The plant is expected to generate around 26 GWh of heat annually. This is a significant contribution to covering Leipzig's daily heat demand in the summer, amounting to about 20%.

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Urban Digital Twins: Leipzig's innovative approach to addressing urban challenges

By Linh Pham on Feb 16, 2023 9:38:20 AM

In an effort to support sustainable urban development through digitalization, the German Federal Government has launched a funding program for Smart Cities model projects. One such project is Connected Urban Twins (CUT). Hamburg, Munich, and Leipzig have teamed up to work on the CUT project, which aims to advance the development of urban digital twins over a five-year period. With over 30 million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB), CUT has the potential to revolutionize the way cities are planned and managed.

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Engineers from Saxony want to build the world's highest wind turbines

By Linh Pham on Dec 6, 2022 4:54:54 PM

Wind power plays an essential role in the energy transition. The taller wind turbines are, the more efficiently they work, since the wind is much steadier and blows more strongly at higher heights. So why not just build them higher? Well, such height wind turbines are not so easy to construct. At least if they are built the way they have been so far, with a generator located at the hub height of the rotor blades. 

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The largest giga solar park is to be built in Lausitz

By Linh Pham on Oct 20, 2022 11:40:07 AM

Giga sustainable - giga efficient - giga innovative. These are the keywords of the new green business concept of the LEAG, the consortium Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG from Cottbus.

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European Digital Innovation Hub Saxony

By Linh Pham on Sep 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM

With the support of the EU program "Digital Europe", a nationwide network of digital innovation centers, called European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH), is to be established in the European Union. Saxony successfully applied to become a European Digital Innovation Hub. The European Digital Innovation Hub Saxony bundles the competencies of four Saxon institutions. Members of the consortium are the Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig, the Smart Systems Hub Dresden, simul⁺InnovationHub of the State Ministry for Regional Development and, as coordinator, InfAI - Institute for Applied Informatics. For the next three years, the EU will fund the project with about 2.3 million euros.

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SIGNAL IDUNA acquires Europe's largest solar park

By Linh Pham on Jul 28, 2022 11:42:47 AM

The insurer Signal-Iduna wants to achieve climate neutrality by 2040. A big step in this direction is already being taken: Signal-Iduna is acquiring Europe's largest solar park for a mid-three-digit million sum. "We don't just talk about sustainability, we act," says Ulrich Leitermann, CEO of the Signal-Iduna Group. Since 2020, Signal - Iduna is a premium partner of SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator.

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Event tip "SMART CITIES, SMART REGIONS" Simul +Forum

By Linh Pham on May 23, 2022 3:16:58 PM

Our cities and regions are facing huge challenges: The ongoing economic transformation, the necessity to cut greenhouse gas emissions or ensuring mobility in remote areas are some examples. However, we are convinced that by working together and by using smart solutions we can shape a bright future.

How this “smart future” will look like at our international simul+ forum "SMART CITIES, SMART REGIONS". The Latin word „simul“ means „together“ and the forum is part of a journey where the participants work together to achieve common goals aiming at digitalised climate-friendly urban-rural development.

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