SMARCTIC will bring smart energy solutions to northern communities

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Increasing the use of energy efficiency & renewable energy solutions on the entire stock of buildings and public infrastructures in sparsely populated areas.
22 August 2019 - SMARCTIC  project
SMARCTIC partnership in Letterkenny (Ireland).

SMARCTIC project partners have met for the first time in Letterkenny (Co. Donegal, Ireland) on the 21st of August. Representatives from Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Ireland have gathered together to start discussing the first activities of the project, funded by Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020.  

Project Leader Dr Caitriona Strain welcomed all participants to Letterkenny for the kick-off meeting and she informed attendees about the agenda for the day. ERNACT General Manager Colm McColgan also provided participants with an overview of our organisation and network as ERNACT will be leading SMARCTIC. Afterwards, all project partners presented their organisation, region, similar projects they are currently involved in, and the energy expertise they have available to the SMARCTIC project.

"As it was the first meeting of the project, we have provided an overview of SMARCTIC, it's main objectives, approach, outputs and workplan structure", explains Dr Strain. The partnership has reviewed financial, communication and dissemination activities as well (i.e. project reporting and procedures, communication and publicity requirements, communication plan, channels and upcoming campaigns). 

This project aims to increase the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions on the entire stock of buildings and public infrastructures in remote, sparsely populated areas. The main output will be an ICT-based solution, a ‘Smart Energy Management Model’ adaptable for deployment in a typical Northern Periphery and Arctic community. This solution will be adapted from existing smart city models and use ICT technologies, such as, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. To achieve the objective, a mix of universities, business and the public sector from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Canada will work together during 3 years. 

Partners will also develop some 'Smart Energy Pilots' and they will disseminate their knowledge and expertise to other regions outside the partnership through advisory services and demo sessions. 

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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