Smart energy in smart cities-Photo: Torben Nielsen

Smart energy in smart cities and communities

Cities and communities play an central role in the green transition. Cities consume over two-thirds of the world's energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. Smart energy solutions in cities and communities are therefore essential to decarbonizing our economies. These include a more integrated planning and operation of the energy system and intelligent solutions that empower the people living in the cities. Use of data across sectors and novel digital platforms and services are key elements to support this transmission. 

A smart city encompass more than energy only, potentially enabling synergies with water, transportation, etc. as well as the more social factors of how we live together in urban areas. Therefore, our research focuses on the complex management of the energy infrastructures, the interaction between the infrastructures and different domains like buildings, transportation systems, industry, as well as the interactions with the smart city in general.

We develop new approaches to the integrated management of energy systems at various time scales, from control to operations and planning, in a liberalized market environment. We are part of the development in the Nordhavn area of Copenhagen as a flagship living lab for the development of smart energy solutions in smart cities, thereby enacting the political ambitions and strategies. In addition to this we use the Bornholm island as a full-scale lab and test community for smart energy solutions.

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Selected examples:

EnergyLab Nordhavn
A smart city energy lab that develops and demonstrates future energy solutions.
renewable energy
Innovation Hub for Intelligent and Flexible Energy Solutions in Greater Copenhagen (inclusive Bornholm)
DTU Electrical Engineering
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Henrik Bindner

Henrik William Bindner
Senior Researcher, Head of Section
DTU Wind
+45 46 77 50 50
23 JULY 2024