The 2nd project meeting within MAKING-CITY project was held on 15-16 May in Groningen, Netherlands. The partners had the opportunity to meet and share the first results of the research activities carried out to address and demonstrate the urban energy system transformation towards smart and low-carbon cities, following the Positive Energy District (PED) concept. They also participated in a series of workshops and visited the two PED neighbourhoods selected in Groningen to implement the PED approach developed in MAKING-CITY.
After a short presentation of the PED installations in the two “Lighthouse cities” of Oulu (Finland) and Groningen (Netherlands), the MAKING-CITY partners partipated in a first workshop moderated by Demir Energy. The main objective was to establish a series of guidelines and solutions to replicate the PED concept in the 6 “Follower cities” involved in MAKING-CITY: León (Spain), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), Lublin (Poland), Poprad (Slovakia), and Vidin (Bulgaria). For instance, partners discussed about the type of ressources available in their own city, what are the city’s needs, what are the barriers to implement the PED solutions.
During a second workshop (led by Cap Digital and VTT), the MAKING-CITY partners started thinking about the different city level indicators that will be used further in the project. Later in a “Business model workshop” conducted by Sophie Dourlens-Quaranta (R2M), they tackled a possible approach to analyse the PED ecosystem and the value proposition design for the actions to be implemented in the two “Lighthouse cities”: Oulu and Groningen.