Vienna’s future energy-smart city project moves to the next phase


Half of the Aspern Smart City Research (ASCR) project in the Aspern Seestadt urban development area in Vienna has been reached, with the next ongoing milestone focusing on the application of the solution concepts tested in the first phase.

The project aims to show the way forward for energy in urban areas and is being undertaken by the city of Vienna (including Wien Energie, Wiener Netze, Wien 3420 and the Vienna Business Agency) and Siemens.

The first phase, which began in 2013, focused on putting in place the necessary research infrastructure as a basis for real-time data collection and practical testing of the solutions.

Energy systems of the future

The fundamental objective of ASCR is to develop market-oriented, scalable and economical solutions for the future in urban areas and to make the energy system more efficient and more climate-friendly. The aim is to create viable solutions for residents, network and building operators and energy providers.

Seestadt is not a conventional urban expansion area but a city within a city fulfilling a wide range of urban functions, a business center creating up to 20,000 jobs and housing for over 20,000 people, and a new center for Vienna’s 22nd municipal district, the immediate surroundings and the wider Centrope region.

The solutions are based on several technologies and are based on the transparent communication of buildings with their occupants, the smart grid – and energy markets via aggregators – energy service providers and trading platforms as well as smart vehicle charging. electrics and hybrids and the analysis of new approaches to supply thermal energy for decentralized heating and cooling.

“In order to develop a climate neutral and sustainable economy and society, new approaches will have to be adopted and – as is now becoming evident – increasingly close cooperation between town planners, energy suppliers, network operators, the housing industry, real estate developers and industry, said Wolfgang Hesoun, CEO of Siemens Austria. “We found this here in parts of Seestadt Aspern, in large part thanks to the support of the residents.

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