REPLICATE (Renaissance in Places with Innovative Citizenship And Technology) is a EU research and development project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme which is looking at using technology to find new ways to help residents in some neighbourhoods of Bristol to save energy, have better transport options and overall increase their quality of life.
This award recognised REPLICATE’s upcoming scheme to develop an energy demand management system that can monitor and control energy use within homes to level out demand at peak times. This system will be piloted through 240 energy efficient retrofit homes; 150 of these will be ‘smart homes’ where residents can try out new smart appliances such as fridges and washing machines.
The Green Digital Charter aims to celebrate smart city projects from around Europe and this year the award ceremony took place during the ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ conference in Brussels.
The conference and award presentation on Tuesday (23 January) was attended by Alex Minshull, City Innovation and Sustainability Service Manager at Bristol City Council. He was at the conference to learn about trends, technologies and challenges facing cities like Bristol and to hear about the potential solutions.
Alex Minshull said: “It’s fantastic that this element of the REPLICATE project has been recognised at the GDC Awards. We are working with residents to see how technology can create new options for them that are more energy efficient and which help them save money. This is integral to the REPLICATE project and we’re looking forward to deploying this fully alongside our other ‘Smart Cities’ initiatives.”
The REPLICATE project is currently being developed in the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill area of the city, where some volunteer residents will have the opportunity to try new technologies to reduce their energy outgoings, trial electric vehicles and make their homes better insulated.
Teams across Bristol City Council are working with the city’s two universities and other community partners on the project. Findings will be shared with other cities who may replicate successful approaches in the future.
For more information on the project visit http://www.connectingbristol.org/replicate/