A highly sustainable and gas-free Ahoy conference centre, electric buses with a new 'smart' timetable, and the use of sensors in lamp posts and waste containers. These are the aims of the European Horizon2020 RUGGGEDISED project. With Rotterdam South as its testing ground.
In the RUGGGEDISED project, Rotterdam is working with five other European cities, Umeå, Glasgow, Brno, Parma and Gdansk, on smart solutions in the fields of energy, transport, and digital technology. The European Commission is supporting RUGGGEDISED for five years with €17.5 million, of which €5.4 million has been earmarked for Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the coordinating city for this project. The cities also work together with businesses and knowledge institutions. A total of 34 parties are working together in Europe. The project will continue until 2021.
Zuid as a living lab
Rotterdam has opted to use Zuid - where a lot of work is already being done with Hart van Zuid and NPRZ on a better future - to create a 'living lab'. For RUGGGEDISED this means that, in addition to the partners mentioned above, the municipality is also cooperating in other areas with RET, KPN, Eneco, Future Insight, ABN-AMRO, Uniresearch, TNO and Erasmus University, among others. A good example of: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.
Sustainable and gas-free Ahoy
A large and appealing project is the realisation of a smart thermal grid and an electric grid on the site of Ahoy. That prompted Ahoy to install solar panels on the roofs of the new Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre and the existing Ahoy. Eneco will ensure that Ahoy will soon be gas-free and that the largest sunroof in Rotterdam will be built on it. This will have a reduction of 1422 tonnes of CO2 as an important result. Read more about this project.
Electric buses and sensors in waste containers
The use of electric buses and a new 'smart' timetable for them and the use of sensors in lamp posts and waste containers are other projects that fall under RUGGGEDISED Rotterdam.
CO2 reduction with 'Nerdalize'
The Nerdalize project, carried out by Eneco, is intended to use the energy 'wasted' by Data centers for households, thus achieving a CO2 reduction of 2,000 kg per household per year. Read more about Nerdalize.
From South to the whole of Rotterdam
It is anticipated that these and other innovative technologies that are being tried out in Zuid will in the future also be useable in other parts of the city and even far beyond Rotterdam. Project coordinator RUGGGEDISED, Albert Engels: 'There's a difference between doing smart city projects and being a smart city. The difference is found in making connections. They ensure that one plus one becomes not two, but three. That is the purpose of RUGGEDISED.'