The IRIS project supports the so-called lighthouse cities of Utrecht (NL), Göteborg (SE) and Nice Côte d’Azur (FR) and the so-called follower cities Vaasa (FI), Alexandroupolis (GR), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES) and Focsani (RO) in delivering cheaper, better accessible and reliable energy and mobility services for a better and more sustainable urban quality of life.
To achieve this, IRIS brings together a variety stakeholders in order to design innovative business models and demonstrate and quantify the value of integrated solutions across the energy, mobility and ICT domains.
The project works along five transition tracks and delivers sixteen integrated solutions that cities can mix and match according to their specific needs. The first three tracks focus on energy efficiency and grid flexibility, including measures such as second life battery, vehicle-to-grid storage, dynamic balance of demand and supply, increase of renewable energy production and roll-out of e-cars and ebuses. The fourth track deals with the common ICT architecture, data sharing, standardisation and governance practices accelerating innovation. Track 5 integrates interdisciplinary citizen engagement and co-creation, connecting the needs of end-users with those of other stakeholders, in further support of innovative business models.
The expected results of IRIS are an open innovation ecosystem motivating citizens to act as prosumers; more effective urban planning and governance of integrated solutions; exploitation of validated innovative business models based on multi-stakeholder collaboration; more stable, secure and affordable energy and mobility services for citizens, with improved air quality.