Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor is set to share in a new €24 million (£19 million) European Commission funded scheme to demonstrate cutting edge green technologies and develop ‘smart’ city districts.
The funding – from the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities initiative – has been provisionally awarded to the Triangulum project, a partnership between Manchester and the cities of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, and Stavanger, in Norway.
The project aims to develop pilot concepts in each city that demonstrate ‘smart green growth’, where boosting the economy coincides with a reduction in carbon emissions.
The concepts developed in Manchester, Eindhoven and Stavanger will subsequently be transferred to other cities across Europe.
Alanus von Radecki, project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), which is leading the Triangulum project, said: “Our goal is to find viable solutions to make cities sustainable, smart and liveable in the future.
“To achieve this, we’re implementing pioneering concepts for sustainable energy supply, mobility and information technology in three selected cities.”
The Manchester part of the project is being led by Manchester City Council, alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens and digital company Clicks and Links.
It will focus on the Manchester Corridor, which covers over 240 hectares along Oxford Road in the city centre and forms the heart of the city’s knowledge economy.
Manchester’s share of the funding will enable investment in a range of low carbon technologies along the Corridor, from renewable energy and storage to distributed energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and electric vehicles.
The plan includes retrofitting existing buildings and developing an autonomous energy grid to supply heat and electricity, with a fuel cell to store excess energy.
‘Opening up opportunities’
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Cities use a large proportion of the world’s resources and need to be at the forefront of environmental improvements.
“New technologies are opening up opportunities all the time and Corridor Manchester has the right conditions to show how smart city districts can help make a positive difference.”