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SMARCTIC  =  Smart Energy Communities
Developing a platform for facilitating Smart Energy Communities
Project Status: Live Project
Project Leader: Juanita Blue
EU Programme: Northern Periphery and Arctic
Project Budget:  €1,500,000
Start Date:  Jul, 2019
Finish Date:  Jun, 2022
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The aim of the project is to:

Raise local authority, community and citizen awareness of energy efficiency opportunities and renewable solutions in groups of buildings within the housing sector & public infrastructure in remote and sparsely populated areas.

Specific objectives are to:
  • Provide a Smart Energy Management Model (SEMM) suitable for Northern Peripheral & Arctic region communities
  • Design, Build & test the effectiveness of innovative Smart Energy Solutions
  • Increase the community of Northern Peripheral & Arctic regions' innovation capacity to deliver Smart Energy Solutions
  • Disseminate findings to remote regional local authorities, communities & citizens
Donegal, Ireland
ERNACT Network   (Lead Partner)
Overall Project Management, Coordination, Communications & Capitalisation

Juanita Blue
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Derry & Strabane, United Kingdom
Derry City & Strabane District Council   (Partner)
Advising on potential solutions to be integrated into the SEMM, engaging with stakeholders and also piloting the solutions

Leo Strawbridge
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Donegal, Ireland
Donegal County Council   (Partner)
Advising on potential solutions to be integrated into the SEMM, engaging with stakeholders and also piloting the solutions

Paul Earley
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Iceland, Iceland
Varmalausnir (HeatRD)   (Partner)
Providing expertise in heat utilization technology & offering advice on innovative energy-saving air management unit(s)

Ragnar Asmundsson
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Iceland, Iceland
Municipality of Akureyri   (Associate)
Providing buildings to be used for application of energy monitoring using smart sensors

Gudridur Fridriksdottir
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Lapland, Finland
Lapland University of Applied Sciences   (Partner)
Advising on potential solutions to be integrated into the SEMM, engaging with stakeholders and also piloting the solutions

Hannu Korhonen
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Lapland, Finland
Regional Council of Lapland (RCL)   (Associate)
Providing expertise and aiding dissemination of results to the wide network of energy and rural sector actors in Lapland

Tanja Häyrynen
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Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
City of Mount Pearl   (Associate)
Actively involved project capitalisation of results & ensuring long-term effects. Advising DCC on efficient energy management

Cassie Pittman
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Nordland, Norway
UiT The Arctic University of Norway   (Associate)
Providing expertise and advice on energy efficiency research and energy auditing of buildings

Bjorn Sorensen
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Västernorrland, Sweden
Regional Council of Västernorrland   (Partner)
Regional Energy Agency with expertise in ICT-based platforms integrating multiple pub. services, collaborating with KRAMBO

Marta Bystrowska
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Västernorrland, Sweden
Krambo Bostads AB   (Associate)
Providing support to the Association of Local Authorities Västernorrland, also serving as a test bed for the smart energy services to be piloted

Gomil Hussein
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Västernorrland, Sweden
ALAV   (Associate)
Expertise in ICT-based platforms integrating multiple public services, collaborating with KRAMBO, stakeholder engagement & piloting solutions

Jennie Olofsson
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Affordable, reliable and efficient supply and usage of energy is a major challenge for NPA communities.  SMARCTIC aims to develop an ICT-based solution adapted from existing smart city models and use ICT technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). 

This “Smart Energy Management Model” (SEMM) will facilitate the design, development and deployment of six innovative energy pilots with companies and researchers in NPA regions. These SMARCTIC outputs will  enable communication between energy stakeholders (e.g., consumers, public infrastructure owners) to build awareness, trial new solutions and change energy behaviour; collect and share energy data from multiple sources (buildings and houses, public lighting, road traffic, local weather).  

Transnational cooperation is key to achieve the above result due to the need to: bring the range of ICT and energy specialisms from different parts of the NPA; transfer and integrate pilots, models and user requirements to achieve a robust transboundary solution and; achieve economies of scale.  The project budget is €1.4 million and the partnership contains a mix of partners from the public sector, university and business in Finland, Ireland, Sweden, UK and Iceland (with associate partners in Norway and Canada).

Core ERNACT regions
Newfoundland & Labrador
South Ostrobothnia
West Romania
San Sebastián
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom