EERA Smart Cities

European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme on Smart Cities summer workshop

Loughborough University hosted the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint
Programme on Smart Cities summer workshop on the 3rd and 4th of July. 40
academics were in attendance representing more than 20 research
institutions from across Europe, including, Austria, Finland, Italy,
Poland, Czechoslovakia, Spain and Norway.

Running for 2.5 years, the Smart Cities programme brings together
researchers to develop new scientific methods and tools to support
European cities in their drive towards reductions in energy demand and
emissions of greenhouse gases. See the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) site for more details:

The meeting formed an important networking opportunity and gave
Loughborough the opportunity to showcase their laboratories, which
included 3D concrete printing, slat bath modelling, solar simulator, two
environmental chamber PC manufacturing and the building energy test labs
and full scale test houses.

The event was organised by Dr Richard Buswell and the key note given by
Prof. Kevin Lomas, from the Building Energy Research Group in the School
of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University.


You may have heard about the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programmes which attempt to ‘join up’ research across Europe: The UK are involved in a number of these, and of particular interest to the TEDDINET group is the JP on Smart Cities, see EERA JPSmart_Cities_2014 and

The programme is reasonably mature and working to a well developed Description of work, covering:

  • Integrated urban energy planning and transformation processes,
  • Intelligent planning, design and operation of urban energy networks,
  • Energy efficient buildings as interactive elements of the urban system, and
  • Renewable supply technologies integrated into urban infrastructure and industries.

Details of the Description of Work can be found at the JP website in the “downloads section”

There are a number of people actively involved in the initiative and in particular, I sit on the Steering Committee “for the UK” and Darren Robin at Nottingham University heads up the “Simulation Task force”, which cuts across the 4 Sub-programmes.

If you would like to know more or become involved, please email Richard Buswell at Loughborough University (CI on TEDDINET)

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