Newsletter #3

Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki

mySMARTLife – Editorial


We proudly present our third newsletter! Having started the Smart Cities and Communities project mySMARTLife in December 2016, we are now well into our project and a lot of actions take place: sustainable energy and mobility solutions are implemented, new ICT services developed, engagement with citizens is being taken to a new level and we have set up a mySMARTLife Cities Network.

In this edition of our newsletter, we would like to focus on energy, outlining developments for


innovative energy usage in the mySMARTLife project, from smart control and batteries to smart heating islands and photovoltaic plants. Discover the latest actions in our Lighthouse Cities Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki to make their cities more environmentally friendly and read also what else is going on in the Smart Cities community!

On behalf of the project consortium,

Rubén García Pajares, CARTIF Technology Centre
Project Coordinator


mySMARTLife – Focus Topic

mySMARTLife sets Examples for Innovative Energy Usage


One of the objectives of the EU funded mySMARTLife project is to reduce the CO2 emissions of cities and to make the demonstration cities more environmentally friendly. In the following article, we want to shine a light on how smart control and batteries provide flexibility for electrical grids in the Lighthouse City Helsinki. We will also present outstanding energy projects in the Lighthouse Cities Nantes and Hamburg.

Helen Ltd's energy storage in Suvilahti (picture: Helen)

News from the three Lighthouse Cities



Lighthouse City Nantes has published the roadmap “Nantes, metropolis in transition” outlining on how it will successfully achieve its energy transition. Citizens and local stakeholders from the 24 cities of Nantes Metropole have developed this outstanding roadmap. The energy roadmap is a result of the Great Debate “Energy transition is us” which took place in Nantes from September 2016 to March 2017.

Round table discussion during the Great Debate on Energy Transition (picture: Nantes Métropole / Ville de Nantes)

Furthermore, Nantes is an excellent example of design thinking to develop new services. Based on the Energy DataLab, Nantes has access to live electrical consumptions of public building and public lighting installations. With the control and easy accessibility to the data, the Lighthouse City team has created many possibilities to exploit it, such as for failure detection of public lighting and contract power optimisation. READ MORE



Cityskater (picture: Volkswagen)

Zero-emission mobility is important for cities to achieve a sustainable urban development. Therefore, the public authority vehicle fleet of the borough of Bergedorf will be renewed and electrified with e-cars. Moreover, it will be enriched with micro-mobility concepts such as e-bikes and last mile people movers. In the case of Bergedorf, this will be an innovative new product, the Cityskater.


Hamburg is one of four German Lighthouse Cities involved in Smart Cities projects funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. In April, Hamburg met representatives from the Lighthouse Cities Cologne (GrowSmarter), Munich (Smarter Together) and Dresden (MAtchUP) in Munich. Besides an exchange of ideas, a tour of Munich's Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham project area was also on the agenda. READ MORE




Lighthouse City Helsinki has made a significant step forward on its path to cut carbon dioxide emissions and reach carbon neutrality by launching its Energy and Climate Atlas. The 3D atlas is a tool for implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings. The City of Helsinki has compiled extensive energy-related data on the Helsinki building stock into the atlas and makes it freely available as open data.

A solar energy analysis produced with Energy and Climate Atlas. The analysis shows the sunniest spots at Helsinki Olympic Stadium (picture: City of Helsinki).

Helsinki has also launched “Kattohukka”, a building heat loss visualisation tool, as part of the Helsinki Urban Platform, a collection of smart city related data and services. It is an easy-to-use web based service that visualises thermal losses from the buildings in Helsinki. READ MORE

Moreover, a self-driving electric minibus has started its service in Helsinki. The newly launched Robobus services the roads in the Kivikko district of Helsinki as part of mySMARTLife. The project paves the way for a regular automated bus service in Helsinki planned to start in three years’ time. READ MORE


mySMARTLife – Project News


Portugal Smart Cities Summit in Lisbon: Cities light the way with new manifesto

12 April 2018, Lisbon, Portugal: Representatives of the twelve Smart City Lighthouse projects, recipients of a combined investment from the European...

Together is Better: Helsinki and Bydgoszcz share their experiences at Smart City Forum in Warsaw

mySMARTLife Lighthouse City Helsinki and Follower City Bydgoszcz participated in the seventh Smart City Forum in Warsaw, Poland on 13-14 March 2018. ...

mySMARTLife consortium and Cities Network meet in Helsinki

The mySMARTLife partners gathered in Lighthouse City Helsinki from 12-14 February 2018 for the third periodic meeting to exchange about current...

mySMARTLife – Events

20-21 September 2018, Valladolid, Spain

The Institute for Business Competitiveness of the Junta de Castilla y León together with CARTIF Technology Centre will organise the BY&FORCITIZENS Conference on “Smart Regeneration of Cities and Regions”: a forum to gain comprehensive insights into the opportunities and challenges brought by city transformation strategies across Europe. The event is co-organised by mySMARTLife and further SCC1 projects.

Nordic Edge
25-27 September 2018, Stavanger, Norway

Nordic Edge aims at being one of Europe’s most important arenas for knowledge exchange and inspiration to creators of smarter businesses, smarter homes and smarter cities. This year, there will be a central pavilion in the exhibition area dedicated to cities and municipalities. mySMARTLife will also be represented at the joint SCC1 projects booth!

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News from our Sister Projects


mySMARTLife is one of twelve European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects, currently receiving funding within the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

SmartEnCity: Lighthouse City Tartu installs electric car rapid chargers in the city centre

As the demand to charge electric cars in the city centre has grown over the years, Tartu City Government provides funding for purchasing and installing electric car rapid chargers in Tartu’s city centre. According to Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, the goal is to promote the use of electric cars in Tartu. Therefore, five electric car rapid chargers will be installed in four locations to fill an important gap in the rapid charger network. READ MORE



SCIS' podcast - Urban Reverb - reports from Helsinki!

The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is a knowledge platform to exchange data, experience and know-how and to collaborate on the creation of Smart Cities. It also gives a voice to the twelve European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects.
From now on, Anthony Colclough from EUROCITIES will produce podcasts for the Smart Cities Information System. In "Urban Reverb", he will interview anyone who is either directly involved in Smart City projects (such as politicians and engineers) or who is somehow affected by the outcomes of innovative and smart solutions (such as tenants).

Did we make you curious? Then jump over to the podcast section in the newsroom of the SCIS website and listen to episode 1, talking about "vehicle to grid", and episode 2 on "retrofit"! HEAR MORE


About mySMARTLife

Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons (picture:, elenabsl)

The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2 emissions of cities and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

Other activities are focusing on "Inclusive cities", offering a high quality of life in the cities. 


Picture Sources:
Crowd of anonymous people walking on busy city street:, BABAROGA | Helen Ltd's energy storage in Suvilahti: Helen | Round table discussion during the Great Debate on Energy Transition: Nantes Métropole / Ville de Nantes | Cityskater: Volkswagen | Solar energy analysis produced with Energy and Climate Atlas: City of Helsinki | Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons:, elenabsl


Project Coordinator: Rubén García Pajares, CARTIF Technology Centre
Contact: | +34 661 427 853


Editorial: Kathrin Eckerlin, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum
Contact: | +49 711 25 24 20 16  
  Technology Centre Cartif   Nantes Metropole   engie   armines   Cerema   Enedis   Hansestadt Hamburg  
  HafenCity Universität   HAW Hamburg   2. enercity   Telekom   Konsult   Energienetz Hamburg   City of Helsinki  
  Forum Virum Helsinki   vtt   HELEN   Fourdeg   Salusfin   Metroploia University of Applied Sciences   Steinbeis Europa  
  Tecnalia - INspiring Business   Nobatek   ESADE   Bydgoszcz   Rijeka   Ayuntamiento de Palencia  
European Union
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731297.
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