Energy research for the buildings of the future
Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co KG (ASCR) is a joint venture between a network operator, an international technology company, an energy generation and supply company, and the City of Vienna. This partnership was established to develop and test the technical solutions required for future energy environments in new urban districts. The fundamental goal of energy transition is the reduction of CO2 emissions; however, this must be achieved whilst ensuring the provision of a fail-safe supply of energy. The testbed Aspern Smart City Research focuses on energy management, smart buildings, smart grids, smart ICT and smart users. To optimise the utilisation of energy, technologies and consumption, an integrative system approach is used.
World Smart City Award: ASCR was identified as the world’s best Smart Project 2016. It prevailed against more than 250 projects from 45 countries at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest event on the subject of smart cities.
Energy efficiency of buildings
Three buildings – a residential building, a student home and a school campus (currently a nursery school and primary school) – constitute the smart building research objects of ASCR. Equipped with photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels, hybrid panels, heat pumps and various thermal as well as electrical storage facilities, smart materials, building technology and IT, the buildings of tomorrow act as flexible prosumers. They not only use energy, they also produce and store it. Complex ICT systems facilitate the optimum, automated management of energy distribution, consumption, storage and transmission. Furthermore, smart buildings can also participate in the electricity market.