By 2050 70% of the population will live in cities. And, according to the OECD, this population growth and economic development will have unprecedented social and environmental consequences. This is one of the challenges that led to the creation of GrowSmarter.
The GrowSmarter project forms part of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the aim is to develop innovative solutions for the smart cities of the future. The idea is to create a European economy that is more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, by putting into practice innovative technologies and solutions.
Three cities have been selected to lead this transformation: Barcelona, Cologne and Stockholm. These are called the "Lighthouse Cities"; major cities that will develop twelve smart solutions over the five-year project in three areas: technology, energy and mobility. These solutions will be launched in various points of the city, from the urban centre to semi-urban or industrial areas, thus ensuring a representative sample of the cities.
Sustainable mobility in Barcelona
Our involvement in the project focuses on implementing sustainable mobility and communication technology solutions in Barcelona that contribute towards improving the management of a truly smart city.
“We have to develop useful initiatives for the city. Providing society with useful information that will help to improve the lives of people is a priority for us in this project”, commented Carlos Rodríguez, Project Manager at GrowSmarter Endesa.
In terms of sustainable mobility, we have installed five FASTO fast-charging points, allowing almost all types of electric vehicles to be charged. Apart from these five charging points, we have also installed another six V2G (Vehicle to Grid) Bi-Directional chargers. The aim of the V2G is to test electric vehicles as potential energy storage with real customers. This system not only enables energy to be supplied to electric vehicles, it also enables customers to use the energy stored in the vehicle for use in their homes or in their companies.