DoF - District of Future project

DoF - District of Future project


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  • Sabadell ZEB
  • SabadellUseCase_PneumaticWaste
  • SabadellUseCase_SocialHouses
  • Sabadell Waste central
  • Can Marcet
  • Ajuntament de Sabadell
  • Sabadell lake
  • Sabadell

Sabadell is a City located in Catalonia (Spain) of 207.773 inhabitants, co-capital of the Vallès Occidental Region. It belongs to the Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region, where the 68% of Catalan population lives. Sabadell is a city benefiting from a strategic position in southern Europe, close to a world city like Barcelona, well connected to main infrastructures linking the Mediterranean coast to the rest of Europe. Sabadell has also succeeded in preserving its personality despite being only 25 km from Barcelona. This is due to the strong historical will of its population of being active in promoting initiatives in all fields: economic, cultural and social.

The city is undertaking as of 2009 actions related to the smart city model, encompassing all areas of urban management, structured into 6 main axis: Smart Environment, Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart People, Smart Economy and Smart Safety. The project started by 2009 through the implementation of innovative ICT in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability, at that time in a quite scattered, not fully-connected approach. As of 2012, a master plan has been established to connect all previous initiatives (2009-2011), while at the same time new actions are being implemented or envisaged, under the umbrella of the brand “Sabadell ciutat intel·ligent, smart city”. It is worth to highlight that the City was one of the cities nominated as finalist on the World Smart City Awards 2013.

Relevant examples on the implemented projects on energy efficiency within the Smart City Strategy are:

  • Adopted measures for energy saving at municipal facilities:remote management of heating at 59 buildings, 39 buildings with solar thermal (1,972.89 sqm), 9 buldings with photovoltaic energy (with 138,9 kWp power), 5 buildings equipped with geothermal (with 2,087.2 kW power), network analyzers at 41 buildings to continuously monitor consumption and electric parameters, air conditioning centralized control in 7 facilities and control of lighting in 4 facilities, etc.
  • ESCO contract for public lighting management, which will lead to a 30% of energy savings and 847 Tn decrease in CO2 emissions per year, once the first years investment is implemented.
  • Investment on energy efficiency: installation of 107 electronic ballasts with flow regulation, installation of remote point to point control via radio at 32 lights, renewal of lighting in seven city areas, billing management software, etc.

The City of Sabadell use case focuses on full energy-consumption monitoring at a district level. The District area to be tackled is located at the Western part of the City and includes different sectors, being the most important “Gracia” on the south, and “Can Llong” on the north. This area has approximately 57.700 inhabitants, 24.300 houses, including 22 education centers and other public facilities, such as sports infrastructures and kinder gardens with solar thermal installations. It has a characteristic building structure, mixing the industrial areas, with the original detached houses, residential buildings and green areas.

Facilities to be tackled:

Three facilities will be tackled, where energy consumption and production will be monitored through smart meters to obtain real-time data. Also the existing historical data will be available to allow a better modeling and project results. The pilot includes social housing and municipal buildings with different renewable energy sources installed and different historical information and consumption intensities. When necessary the appropriate dwelling owners agreement will be signed to secure legal permission to use energy data for the research project:

“Can Marcet” municipal building: it was built at the beginning of the XX century. It has 3 main space areas: parking (only for municipal vehicles), Local Police area and Public Space Administration area. This is one of the top energy consumers among all municipal buildings.

It includes a geothermal exchange circuit with 2 pumps. The renewed areas of the building have benefited from this heating/cooling system through a heat pump supported by geothermal energy, with optimal results in terms of energy efficiency. Also LED technology has been tested in the offices with optimal results.

Since 2008 an energy management and monitoring system is in place, facilitating energy optimization plans. Centralized air conditioning, heating and lighting control, e.g. setting times for lighting switch on/off. The monitoring software used is the same as for the geothermal circuit. According to reliable estimations, savings in energy consumption thanks to remote management range from a minimum 10% in buildings easily warmed, up to 30% in those requiring more energy per square meter in order to attain the temperature target.

Vacuum waste collection central building: This public building, owned by the City Council, has a double functionality as a vacuum waste collection central, managed by a contracting company and also is used by the public cleaning service, managed by a different contracting company. The building used by the public cleaning service includes different photovoltaic plates in the façade.

Also the power consumption of the vacuum waste collection service is monitored through a software and the information will be made available to the City Council.

NZEB social housing: This is a public building promoted through the public housing company VIMUSA. It has 69 dwellings distributed in 3 different blocks, including sale and renting, retail units and parking lots. The building has carefully been planned and materials to generate low consumption have been installed.

The building has the following renewable energy sources: centralized production through a heat pump with highly efficient geothermal exchange and DHW (Domestic Hot Water) production through geothermal pumps with direct exchange of cold production during the summer (solar energy support is not needed).

About monitoring, a centralized monitorization system is in place and stores historical information about general DHW (Domestic Hot Water) and heating-cooling (under-floor heating). The information on real-time consumption stored at the system, can also be individually displayed in each dwelling and be available for the tenants and owners.    

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District of Future Partners more infomation

  •  Telefonica 
  • - Edenway 
  • - everis 
  • - IDP engineering • environment • architecture 
  • - VTT 
  • - Dalkia 
  • - Electric Corby CIC 
  • - Ville d\'Orleans 
  • - Sabadell 
  • - University of Cardiff 
Jose Manuel Hernandez
Project Details
Starting date:
36 months
Total Cost:
6.242.551 €
EU Grant:
3.801.732 €