2017 OVERVIEW: FLORENCE PILOT


2017

Newsletter Florence Replicate 2017

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ENERGY

Building Refurbishment Florence

Building Refurbishment

The main objective of the intervention is the exemplar transformation of two residential building including the shell insulation and the disposal of old existing individual heating systems, with a high performance micro DHS producing energy with high efficiency and RES exploitation through an innovative solar thermal seasonal storage.

The Energy Audit has been completed, as well as the first phase of the plan, which includes:

Executive design of the insulation (EPS graphite)

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Design check (“verifica”)

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Tendering procedure (new rules, most cost-efficient evaluation)

Florence's Solar Plant plan 2017

DH & Solar Plant

The energy audit has been completed, and both the second and third phase of the plan have been finished, which include these major tasks:

  • Technical (geolocgical, static, hydrogeological) and administrative analysis (permits).
  • Knowledge exchange (storage).
  • Static and Dynamic energy simulation.
  • Preliminary design with new features but maintaining previous performances.

Challenges

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RES Costs and performance of many types of solar collectors

Distric Heating: CHP compared with heat pump

Distric Heating: Main Technical Room sizing

Storage: Cost of excavation for TS and cost for the terrain disposal: TES volume totally underground

Storage: The floating ground water level (not stationary)

The need to minimize the impact of the works

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Smart Grid

To achieve the creation of a resilient network, three main objectives have been identified:

Reducing outlages and increasing the quality of service

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Increasing the resilience of the grid

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Enabling advanced functionalities and new value added services for the citizens and PA

Challenges

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New and more advanced technology of automation and resilience plan of the city of Florence – Connective actions review of substations that means:

  • From 14 to 18 the number of MV lines involved in the project
  • From 37 to 69 the number of the substations
  • From 19.000 to 25.000 the number of citizens involved

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Energy Florence Newsletter 2017

Completed Tasks

  • Completed the analysis of MV lines for Smart Fault Selection and the definition of the materials.
  • Purchasing materials for 2 HV/MV and 60 MV/LV substations (70%).
  • Started setting two HV/MV substations for Smart Fault Selection (upgrading of the peripheral devices of telecommunication system in HV/MV substations, wiring of the main components of remote control system with optical fiber) and the assessment of the telecommunication solutions.
  • Started monitoring the impact (SAIFI and SAIDI).

Smart Info

600 residential apartments/families in the pilot area of Florence will be equipped with Smart Info, with the aim to increase customer awareness enabling Home Energy Efficiency Services and providing user-friendly information, in order to rise customer awareness.

Completed Tasks

  • Analysis of possible solution for interfacing of EMS (Energy Management System) platforms with the SCCR platform of the Florence pilot.
  • Feasilibity studies for integrating the EMM system within EMS and using EMS as a unique interface with the SCCR platform.
  • Plan of dissemination of Smart Info devices according to the timing of the execution of the energy efficinecy interventions.

MOBILITY

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Electrical taxi Florence 2017

Electric Vehicle Fleet & Infrastructure Adaptation

The main objective of the intervention would be promoting electric vehicles by:

Having 100 full electric taxi vehicles and making taxi services more efficient (very fast recharge); And giving facilitations to taxi owners (reserved fast recharging stations, app for the recharge, agreements with vehicle providers for special conditions, reduced license fees, prioritization of e-services)

Completed Tasks

  • Analysis of the locations for fast recharge stations and selection of the sites.
  • 4 very fast recharge stations allocated and in service.
  • New 70 e-taxi licences by public tendering procedure (25% discount for e-licencees).
  • Study for the optimisation of the existing public infrastructure in the district (ongoing).

Challenges

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Facilitate and guarantee the emission of the contract with energy providers: To make the charging stations only operable by e-taxis, thus being appositely configured in the EMM platform

Some Anomalies in test session with taxi driver and charging stations have been found: Solved thanks to the creation of a white list and a dedicated assistance phone call number

The authorization process is too long: Find position without real landscape restrictions (simpler procedures)

There is a need for a higher number of super fast charging stations: Many stations under evaluation

Multivendor option and payment requirements: In place

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Impact

Projected save of 162.000 litres of fuel in the 2016-2017 timeframe. 648.000 litres by the end of the project.

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Projected cut of CO2 emmisions by 142,5 tonnes in the 2016-2017 timeframe. 570 tonnes by the end of the project.

Ongoing Activities

Detecting the location for new public recharging stations (“recharging islands”).

Analysing the impact of electric mobility on the grid.

Developing the interaction of the EMM with the platform/SCCR.

Advanced Services

Advanced mobility services will be provided, such as:

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Suggestions to citizens and to public administration decision makers

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Dynamic pricing and special discounts or special treatment for vulnerable citizens with special needs

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Completed Tasks

  • Development of a mobile app for taxi drivers to book fast recharges from the recharge stations and to access to the status of public infrastructures in real time.
  • The possibility of choosing an e-taxi at the reservation page on the national taxi mobile app.
  • The creation of a special taxi service for weakened people, the elderly and the handicapped.
  • Giving priority and discounts to women during nightime.
  • The creation of a sustainable mobility communication campaign.
  • New additional e-sharing operators (car and van).
  • Bike sharing free flow

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ICT

Local IT Systems Integrated with SCCR

Local IT Systems of the municipality will be integrated with the ICT Smart City Platform concept. This platform will act as a city-wide dashboard regarding Smart City measurements. by adopting open source, a leading concept.

Completed Tasks

  • Requirements and specifications for the SCCR with security evaluation have been drawn.
  • Data Aggregation Platform test built, SCCR Dashboard prototyped (under continuous improvement).
  • IoT ORION Fi-Ware Context Broker has been tested with its integration in the UNIFI platform with CYGNUS/MongoDB and from this to the aggregator and Control Room Dashboard.
  • SpagoBI Fi-Ware Business Intelligence tool has been tested (results shared in WP6).
  • Hackathon in Florence (Oct. 2017) with the aim to start conceiving connections from REPLICATE APO to the national Data & Analytics Framework.

Challenges

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Which users, contents, layout, use-cases should the Smart City Control Room have? Who is the owner of the requirement validation process? Development/validation of original model (responsible platform)

Which agreements need to be signed with whom and for which data? Data ownership/data management chain is complex and innovative work – specific 1:1 agreement with the municipality

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ICT Florence 2017

Capillary Networks

Smart IoT devices (Smart Irrigation, Smart Bench, Smart Waste) in urban environments and the supporting infrastructure.

Completed Tasks

  • CityLink smart call-box with the possibility to disseminate the project in a man square in Florence.
  • Installed 8 Smart Waste tower prototypes which are sending data to the M2M platform (this is going to be integrated into the main dashboard).
  • 1st Smart Bench installed in Museo del 900 (it’s sending data to the M2M platform, and from there it’s transferred to the dashboard).
  • 2 gardens have been defined for Smart Irrigation.
  • Specs for further Smart Benches.

Challenges

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Smart Bench electronic failure: Replaced and fixed (June 7th, 2017)

Smart Bench audio settings interfere with tourists visiting the Museum: Revised sound system

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Opportunities

Smart Waste bin trials are managed directly by Alia, which is not a partner of the Replicate project, but is a public utility: TIM also collaborates with Alia for the connection to the M2M platform. Telecom also provides and gathers additional experiences on waste sensors.

Local Service Management

This intervention aims to deploy assets in services through the ICT Smart City Platform.

Completed Tasks

  • Energy (recharge station, smart grid).
  • Mobility (parking manager trials, traffic sensors ITS).
  • IoT (Smart Bench, Smart Waste, WiFi).
  • Big Data Analitics (Social Network Analysis Manager, Open Data).

Challenges

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Privacy issues for video flows into the dashboard

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Ongoing Activities

Collection of the remaining data into the Platform (i.e. Smart Green Manager: under design process).

Consolidation of already collected data.

Data Management

This intervention will allow the implementation of distributed architecture for Big Data.

Completed Tasks

  • Starting from the DoA, the possible data sources for the Smart City Control Room have been defined, and a first set of possible metadata from each source was identified.
  • Compared analysis of data sources provided and needed.
  • Ownership: For each data source, the impact on property rights and data ownership has been analyzed with 1:1 calls with the different partners owning the corresponding data source (much data still belongs to the municipality, therefore there’s a minor impact in it’s usage within the control room.

ICT Florence 2017

Digital Services

Information, managing and control to the city decision makers but also apps digital basket for citizens are foreseen, that will share the same basic library for access to the Smart City Platform APIs, also collecting information about the user behavior, etc.

Completed Tasks

  • Meetings with taxi cooperatives.

  • Analysis and implementation of contents/services in the TIM City Link.
  • Analysis and implementation of contents and information in the Museo Novecento Smart Bench.
  • Fast Booking app prototyped & first usability test performed by municipality.
  • Go-Green app prototyped & first usability test performed by municipality.

Challenges

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The apps need to be attractive and the contents of said applications needs to be properly thought out in order to best promote sustainable practices (format, graphics, prizing, etc).

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Smart Public Lighting

New integrated lighting system equipped with the latest technology for added value services: The lighting system will be connected to the surveillance light system, the municipality’s WiFi network, and cross cutting with mobility. Traffic control will integrate different systems which aim to optimize the impacting area. Data regarding energy consumption, taken actions/decisions, and collective user behaviour will be accesible from the ICT integrated infrastructure.

Completed Tasks

  • Energy efficiency measure design, tendering and relying.
  • Smart Lighting System connected with traffic control: Pilot test and development at Cascine Park.
  • A new model for the lamp post is being designed for the Smart Lighting System, with WiFi capabilities, “light” surveillance system, wind measurement capabilities, and traffic control.

Opportunities

SILFI spa, as ESCo, is applying for the TEE “Energy Efficiency Certificates”: the project was presented to the GSE, covering a sample of about 1800 LED lightbulbs. The design submitted is being evaluated by the GSE.

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