Masterclass 8th of February
On February 8, Ecofys, a Navigant company, organized a Smart Cities Masterclass at its Utrecht office. A diverse and enthusiastic group of about twenty smart city professionals engaged in lively discussions on
the opportunities offered to cities, energy companies and other stakeholders by the energy transition.
Eric Woods from Navigant Research provided an overview of early successes and challenges in building smart and sustainable cities, introducing the Energy Cloud 4.0 and presenting insights from our recent white paper Navigating the Urban Energy Transition. Next, Swen Mulderij of Sky.Ai showed how open satellite data and artificial intelligence can be used to identify sources of waste heat and mitigate urban heat islands. Milo Broekmans of Stedin concluded the first half of the event by presenting three tangible applications of flexibility to mitigate the effects of the electrification of the energy system on a grid operator’s network.
In three break-out sessions the group reflected on specific barriers to change and the interdependencies and interconnections between the transformation of the energy, building and mobility systems. They concluded that strong orchestration is required to create short-term benefits to citizens that build support for cities’ long-term priorities in a scalable, financially sustainable way.
We look back at an energizing and inspiring afternoon, highlighting both the complexity of the urban energy transformation and the fact that there are many very capable, creative and motivated people to make it happen!