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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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Innovation project ABSOLUT - Self driving bus conquers Leipzig streets

By Linh Pham on Mar 15, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Autonomous driving is thus considered a great opportunity for rural public transport, as driverless operation can save enormous costs.In order to fully integrate minibuses that have been converted for automated driving into the local public transport system, a number of requirements must be fulfilled. The technologies required for this on the part of the vehicle and infrastructure are being developed in the Saxon innovation project ABSOLUT.

Topics: smart city
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Innovation competition „Smart City Challenge Leipzig“ 2022 started

By Linh Pham on Feb 21, 2022 2:49:31 PM

2022 the City of Leipzig enters the second round with the organisation of the innovation competition with the title Smart City Challenge Leipzig“ powered by Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig. Founders, startups, students and established ventures are called to find innovative digital solutions for predetermined questions and challenges in the areas of civil society and municipal administration.

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LHyVE – Leipzig Hydrogen Value Chain for Europe

By Linh Pham on Dec 15, 2021 11:57:46 AM

The joint project LHyVE (Leipzig Hydrogen Value chain for Europe) aims to establish an intelligent and regionally networked green hydrogen system as a lighthouse for efficient sector coupling and to integrate it into the emerging European hydrogen infrastructure. With LHyVE, the entire value chain from production, storage, transport and distribution to final consumption is to be realized in the Leipzig region. SpinLab partner Leipziger Gruppe, ONTRAS and EDL Anlagenbau with many more players such as VNG (also SpinLab partner), Siemens Energy, BMW Group Werk Leipzig, Fraunhofer are involved in this project.

Photo credits: LHyVE

Topics: energy smart city
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Bad Lauchstädt Energy Park becomes pilot project for green hydrogen

By Linh Pham on Sep 14, 2021 5:02:33 PM

An economy without emissions of greenhouse gases within the next 30 years - that is Europe's declared goal in order to stop climate change. This requires a major change from today onwards. Renewable energies are to replace fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas. In the course of the sustainable transformation of energy supply, hydrogen will play a key role.

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Million-euro funding: Leipzig plans first hydrogen-powered streetcar in Europe

By Clara Fischer on Jun 9, 2021 11:45:52 AM

Hydrogen is the energy industry's beacon of hope. It is already used as a fuel in buses, trains and cars. Europe's first hydrogen-powered streetcar is now to be built in Leipzig.

The streetcar manufacturer HeiterBlick GmbH in Leipzig, together with its partners, receives funding of 2.1 million euros from the federal government for the construction of the first prototype.The company itself is investing an additional 3 million in development and production and plans to create 40 new jobs at the Plagwitz site.

Up to ten developers will be tinkering with the streetcar at Leipzig-based Heiterblick GmbH. The first prototypes are expected to roll through the cities in four years. The vision: streetcars without overhead lines and CO2 emissions – instead, a streetcar powered by fuel cells. The new drive technology is intended to help reduce infrastructure costs and CO² emissions and to reach parts of the city that previously had no streetcar connection.

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Intelligent charging against blackout

By Clara Fischer on Mar 10, 2021 11:45:00 AM

Charging many electric cars at the same time intimidates skeptics of electromobility, as they fear this might lead to frequent blackouts. Recently, GISA and Audi announced that they found a clear response to the gloomy scenario in a model test in Chemnitz: Intelligent and grid-serving charging reduces the load on the power grid and can thus help to further increase acceptance of electromobility.

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The traffic management system VAMOS4 in Dresden area

By Clara Fischer on Dec 1, 2020 3:30:42 PM

Dresden as well-known location for micro- and nanoelectronics and the highly recognized TU Dresden has initiated several R&D projects starting in 2000, which digitally connect the different traffic detectors, traffic control and traffic guidance systems of the state capital. The provided information is collected in a traffic data center. The traffic control is thus fully automatic, with optional manual interventions by operators in the control center of city administration.

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Connecting local companies for resilient supply chains – “Leipzig vernetzt”

By Clara Fischer on Oct 15, 2020 2:11:04 PM

The pandemic has caused a lot of confusion and troubles all over the world. Especially small and mid-sized businesses have been hit hard, causing many to shut down their services and taking their times off to come up with creative solutions. Many of Leipzig’s locals have started with their digitization efforts, providing online buying options or services that involve digital products. However, not everyone has the background knowledge and experience to set up a functioning online shop that will provide their customers with a pleasant experience. That’s where “Leipzig vernetzt” comes into play: Together with the city of Leipzig, platform specialist Mercateo has built a platform to connect regional businesses with each other. Suppliers, dealers and service providers can register their offers in an easy and convenient way. 

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Leipzig's smart 3D city map

By Clara Fischer on Jun 11, 2020 10:05:48 AM

Many of us know about the valuable information Google Maps offers us. However, there are many missing spots and information that is not disclosed, which is where digital maps of Leipzig comes into play: Citizens as well as authorities can use them to investigate the traffic in the city, parking availability but also information about land values or the development of the city infrastructure. In 2015, the city of Leipzig renewed its digital 3D city map which is available on their website. The 3D city model covers the entire city of Leipzig with more than 150,000 captured buildings, their roofs as well as facade and roof texture.