+CityxChange (Positive City ExChange) is a smart city project, that has been granted funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the call for ‘Smart cities and communities.’
The +CityxChange vision is to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. This includes the development of a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy supply market, supported by a connected community. This leads to recommendations for new policy intervention, market (de)regulation and business models that will deliver positive energy communities, integrating e-Mobility as a Service (eMaaS). The +CityxChange project is developing and deploying Positive Energy Blocks and Districts (PEB/PED) and scaling these out as part of the European Clean Energy Transition in cities.
While changes in the energy market design in the past related primarily to wholesale markets, nowadays, new technologies are fundamentally changing the markets at the distribution level. The traditional DNO (Distribution Network Operator) distribution model which was focused on the one-way delivery of electricity, with clear and reliable definitions of up- and downstream is challenged by locally distributed generation and decentralised means of electricity trade. Instead of only fulfilling their basic responsibilities – ensuring reliable energy supply and quality of service – distributors must evolve by becoming active network managers. However, industry practices are not yet at the stage of having a more holistic approach when it comes to integrating design, implementation and assessment activities. Thus, not all types of stakeholders have the same opportunity to participate in the implementation of positive energy blocks in their districts and cities. +CityxChange is situated in the process of this transition and aims at providing new evidence-based and replicable solutions in the urban environment.