Lighthouse city: Barcelona
A website about the GrowSmarter project is also available in Spanish on the BCN site, click here.
Voted European Capital of Innovation 2014, Barcelona is a vast metropolitan hub with a long tradition of industry and entrepreneurship. Barcelona City Council encourages strategic initiatives aimed at generating international collaboration and promoting a global and forward-looking vision to businesses and public bodies, as well as scientific and technological centres.
Barcelona’s Smart City program began over thirty years ago when the city installed fibre optic cables to connect two municipal buildings. Currently, the City Council is using public-private partnerships to encourage innovation in areas such as transport, shopping, street lighting and environmental monitoring. Barcelona has been transformed into an urban laboratory, piloting projects and services that make the city more open, efficient and friendly.
The innovation zone known as 22nd District has been chosen for Barcelona's implementation of the smart solutions. This multi-purpose area mixes residential, industrial and academic buildings in a lively, vibrant area bordering the Mediterranean sea.
Which smart solutions are we using?
Solutions being implemented in the 22nd District include introducing electric vehicles and installing charging infrastructure, refurbishing current buildings to create ‘zero energy’ blocks and installing district heating and cooling.
Low Energy District - solutions 1-4
1. Efficient and smart climate shell refurbishment
Recovering waste water heat from the drain
New adaptive control and regulation techniques for heating systems
3. Smart energy-saving tenants
Active house/Home Energy Management Systems/Smart home system
Dynamic price models
4. Smart electricity management
Batteries for Renewable Energy Storage (RES)
Heat pumps for heat storage in heating system and hot tap water system
Weather metering predicting RES storage demand
Integrated Infrastructure - solutions 5-8
5. Smart street lighting
lampposts as base for sensors, wifi, mobile network
6. Waste heat recovery
Open district heating with feed in of waste heat
Waste heat from data centers and vacuum waste systems
Waste heat from fridges and freezers in supermarkets
7. Smart waste collection
Optical sorting of waste
Introduction of AWCS (Automated waste collecting system) in an existing neighborhood
Waste collection statistics for individual households/businesses
8. Big data management
Big open data platform
Sustainable Urban Mobility - solutions 9-12
9. Sustainable delivery
Integrated multi-mode transport for light goods
Micro distribution of freight
10. Smart traffic management
Travel Demand management
Traffic control system for passenger vehicles.
Traffic signals synchronized to prioritize certain vehicles movement of goods
11. Alternative fuel driven vehicles
Developing charging infrastructure
Setting up refueling facilities for alternative heavy duty fuels fuel
Smart guiding to alternative fuel stations and fast charging
12. Smart mobility solutions
Green parking index in combination with car sharing pool with EV
Electrical and cargo bike pool
What will 'smart' look in Barcelona?
Check out what Barcelona is up to in this short and informative video!