Europe’s Urban Energy-Mobility Transition Demonstration
Europe’s Urban Energy-Mobility Transition Demonstration, upscaling & uptake in city-planning, how to achieve adequate policy measures and large-scale implementation.
European cities are moving massively into electric mobility, especially electric vehicles, but also buses, freight, water transport bikes mopeds etc. This is one way to create a healthier city, besides that renewable energy in the city is also growing rapidly, as this is the most viable clean source of energy in the city area.
This session is about the combination of Electric Mobility and renewables, facilitated by ICT. The 4 participating projects are all involved in various initiatives at European level, demonstrating how these two sectors can enforce instead of blocking each other.
Both of these technologies are reaching a market matureness, although we see governments struggling with the charging infrastructure development, organisation and financing.
The largest challenge observed in the last 5 years is how to arrange their integration at a larger scale in the city. Growth in solar renewable energy in the city creates an energy production peak between 10 and 16 hours, the overall energy demand peaks of a city are between 7-9 in the morning and 17-20 in the afternoon/evening.
Now we already observe the impact of these mismatches in different cities, not being able to electrify their bus fleet or limiting the EV charging area or intensity. Also the electricity grid faces problems in not so-well connected areas, having to be shut down during peak periods due to grid capacity constraints. On top of this we observe a rapid growth in electricity instead of gas or other fossil fuel in (North West) Europe. These problems will aggravate rapidly if we do not act now and invest in our future, especially zero emission mobility, clean energy, smart storage (in EVs and 2nd life batteries) flexible energy usage. Europe cannot afford it to dimension our electricity grids on peak moments that are occurring a couple of hours during the day during a couple of months….
I. European activities on different policy moments
Technology experiences Resourcefully demonstrated in a home-experiment how you can more than double the energy autonomy by smart energy storage in electric vehicles. This approach and philosophy is now further put into practice in the Smart clean Energy and Electric Vehicles 4 the City (SEEV4-City) project with 6 pilots all about the co-operation between renewables and electric mobility through different experiments. Varying from a single home with solar energy, EV mobility and a small storage unit to larger organisations, both public and private, it includes Europe’s largest EV charging garage (100 EVs) in Oslo and the innovative energy services for the clean balancing of the national grid with 2nd life batteries in the Amsterdam Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Towards upscaling and replication, the CleanMobilEnergy project demonstrates the upscaling to neighbourhoods and more complex situations, with multiple energy sources storage and consumption, steered by one (to be developed transnationally) energy management system.
Planning: The next step in the policy cycle demonstrates the need for proper embedding into municipality planning, this is realised in the Simpla project and in this sequence the next phase in the cycle addresses how good policies and experiences at different levels are required.
EV ENERGY is about finding adequate policies and good experiences, now still too fragmented, in The Netherlands charging infrastructure is booming, while Norway has the best EV incentives and policy on local renewables vary
strong among the EU states.
II. Next steps to make this work at large
In order to reach a more visible impact and integration with the mobility sector as a whole, large demonstration is required, where all mobility practitioners participate, including large distance mobility assets, such as trains metro, busses for the intercity connections between the urban hubs, participating in Europe’s mobility-energy exchange transition..
Bottom line, technically & organisationally we are perfect able to create a transition path in Europe, but this requires large scale visible, well-functioning demonstrations, now here we need involvement of all actors, the market, good regulations, brave politicians at local and regional level, and financial support. The possibility for such a scaled-up experiment in Europe would really be a market changer.
This will not emerge automatically, the mobility sector has taken up the challenge and requires limited support in this process, but the grid operators (DSO’s), the relevant build-environment actors (housing companies, real estate agencies etc.) the integrators (between mobility – energy – storage), working on:
1.Detailed forecast 2.Good real-time monitoring 3. Well determined smart interventions and the renewable sector in the city do need this.
On 5th June, in the framework of the Sustainable Energy Week will be host the event Demonstration, upscaling & uptake in city-planning, how to achieve adequate policy measures and large-scale implementation Moderator: Hugo Niesing, as you can see in the below Agenda.