Planning for Energy Efficient Cities, PLEEC

Planning for Energy Efficient Cities, PLEEC, is an EU-funded project that aims to reduce energy use in society. Six medium-sized cities and 18 partners are involved in the project, with a budget of approximately four million euros over three years.

Project name: Planning for Energy Efficient Cities, PLEEC

Research specialisation: Future Energy Center

Primary funding organisation(s): EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

Co-operating/Co-production partners: Eskilstuna Energi och Miljö, Eskilstuna kommun, Vienna University of Technology, Stoke-on-Trent municipality, Delft University of Technology, Turku City, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Tartu City, Hamburg Universty of Applied Sciences, University of Copenhagen, University of Ruse, IMAGINE, Smart Technology Cluster, Santiago de Compostela Municipality, University of Santiago de Compostela, City Jyväskyla, University of Ljubljana.

Project leader at MDH: Erik Dahlquist, Professor in Energy Engineering, Mälardalen University

Project start date: 2013

Project end date: 2015

Funding: 4 million euros, of which 250 000 to MDH/Future Energy Center

Website: www.pleecproject.eu

Description of the project

The project is carried out within the framework of FP7 --the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technology in EU -- and includes the cities Eskilstuna in Sweden, Turku and Jyväskylä in Finland, Tartu in Estonia, Stoke-on-Trent in England and Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Eight universities and three companies in the energy sector are involved -- including Mälardalen University and Eskilstuna Energy & Environment, which is the coordinator of the project.

Within the project, work is focused on three different perspectives that may lead to strategies for improved energy efficiency: community structures, behaviour and technology. Mälardalen University leads the technical perspective by  the university's research area Future Energy.

Future Energy is the leader for Work Package 3, which handles the technical aspects on energy savings. This will include installations of different technical sensors and control equipment. This will be done in cooperation with Kfast and different companies like ABB and Eskilstuna Energi & Miljö. Also similar activities in other cities will be coordinated. The effect of the installations on energy savings will be measured directly, and the interest of the people in the area will be checked by questionaires.