District of the Future is a three-year project co-funded by the Small of Medium-scale focused research project (STREP) under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and led by a European consortium composed of 11 partners including industrial, public, and research organisations from 5 different countries. The mission of the project is to develop methods for monitoring, managing and optimizing energy systems of districts. This will be achieved with the development of an Open Energy Optimization Framework to connect various heterogeneous energy production and consumer devices as well as open databases, and enable information to be shared and handled in real time. The framework will also allow sharing of different optimization applications and services, and facilitate their development by adapting and processing collected data. Scalability and availability of the solution will be assured with open interfaces and cloud-based solutions. The project results will be validated in three different districts around Europe – Sabadell (Spain), Orleans (France), and Corby (UK). These 3 cities have the same degree of economic development, economic morphology, competition and innovation involvement, city size, which will enhance the potential replication of the project.

The project will have significant impact for the cities where the pilots will take place, allowing them to:

  • Fight against the waste of energy by reducing and/or eliminating pollution.
  • Reduce energy consumption and energy cost.
  • Increase air quality and efficiency of energy distribution, consumption and generation.
  • Reduce their carbon footprint through CO2 emissions reductions.
  • Promote DoF solutions in case cities at a European level
  • Foster relationship between cities and technological partners.
  • Raise awareness of ICT industry on energy efficiency issues and decision-support and management and control systems solutions.

Furthermore, District of the Future will significantly contribute to the 20/20/20 European Strategy that aims to reduce its energy consumption by 20% by 2020.

Acronym: District of the Future
Full project title: District of the Future: A Modular Open Big Data Energy Optimising Framework
Timespan: 36 months from 2013 to 2016
Call identifier: FP7-SMARTCITIES-2013
Project Cost: 6.242.551 €
Financed part: 3.801.732 €

District of the Future focuses on increasing automation capabilities, sensing and interoperability in districts enabling increased efficiency in urban energy management and reduced response time.

Consortium members:

  • Telefonica
  • Edenway
  • Everis
  • Exeleria
  • Idp Engineering
  • Vtt
  • Fortum
  • Dalkia
  • Electric Corby
  • Ville D’orleans
  • City Of Sabadell