A partnership between Manchester City Council, Siemens UK and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to test smart city technology was recognised for building energy innovation at the 2018 Energy Awards.
The five-year, €25 million EU-funded Triangulum project is developing pilot concepts that demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ in three European cities: Manchester, Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and Stavanger in Norway.
Energy and mobility innovation
The Manchester side of the project centres on the city’s Oxford Road Corridor and has enabled nearly 600 solar panels to be installed on MMU’s Brooks Building, along with a Siemens lithium ion battery to reduce demand on the energy network at peak times.
The energy management and optimisation aspect of the project won the Public Building Energy Project of the Year award at the 2018 Energy Awards.
The Triangulum project has also enabled MMU to test smart approaches to mobility, including an electric car sharing scheme and electric cargo bikes for mail deliveries on campus.
‘Essential energy systems’
Helena Tinker, head of environmental sustainability at MMU, said: “We are thrilled to be testing and researching new ideas and concepts on our campus. Being part of the Triangulum project allows us to support the whole of Manchester to become a smart city. We’re excited to see what the next few years of the project brings.”
Cllr Angeliki Stogia, executive member for the environment, planning and transport at Manchester City Council, added: “If we are to meet our ambitious target of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2038, it is essential to innovate and create a much smarter, more efficient city, which is why we will continue to support the development of new energy systems and eliminate the need to use fossil fuels."