Bernd Richter and Andreas Schuster, T&D World
Austria’s capital city of Vienna is creating a new district in which the buildings, electrical grid and energy market will be monitored continuously in a world-class living laboratory that incorporates new distribution grid solutions and energy-saving technologies. The Aspern Urban Lakeside project is being developed on the site of a former airport that has an area of 2.4 sq km (0.927 sq miles) some 25 minutes by subway from downtown Vienna. This long-term project will include 10,500 residential apartments, offices, shops, training establishments and industry, ultimately creating 20,000 job opportunities. With an investment totaling €5.5 billion (US$6.06 billion), the construction period will continue until 2028.
Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and per-capita energy consumption as well as ensuring a failure-free supply of energy are the fundamental goals of the energy transition, which is characterized by increasingly decentralized energy generation, prosumers and new storage technologies. The research project is managed by Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co. KG (ASCR), a joint venture formed in 2013 among distribution system operator Wiener Netze GmbH, Vienna’s electricity, gas and district heating network operator; energy service provider Wien Energie GmbH, Vienna’s energy supplier; technology company Siemens AG; and the City of Vienna.