February 22, 2017

CITYOPT project curbs energy consumption

The game-like CITYOPT application informs users of sustainable energy practices and awards points to users who shift or lower their energy consumption during peak time.
The game-like CITYOPT application informs users of sustainable energy practices and awards points to users who shift or lower their energy consumption during peak time.
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has successfully helped to reduce energy consumption as part of the international CITYOPT project, by using energy planning tools developed and piloted in Helsinki, Vienna and Nice.

The CITYOPT planning tool was developed for the use of energy experts to optimise energy planning for large-scale urban and regional systems and was piloted in Helsinki and Vienna. By using the optimal planning feature, local energy costs were reduced by around 15 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent.

A game-like tablet application was also developed for a test group of 140 household consumers in Nice and results show that almost 80 per cent of the households were able to reduce their energy consumption during peak times.

The application awards points to users who manage to lower or shift their energy consumption during peak time, which can then be passed on to local charities, whom the energy companies donate too accordingly.

The EU-funded CITYOPT project took place between February 2014 and January 2017 and was coordinated by VTT with the help of local energy companies and the cities of Helsinki and Nice.

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