Project: PARticipatory platform for sustainable ENergy managemenT

The energy trilemma – the provision of affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to society – requires energy to be generated, distributed, consumed and managed and governed in a novel way. In order to answer the pressing needs of more efficient energy management, the PARENT project has a three-fold goal: (1) to expand an innovative participatory energy management platform, targeting – as a case-study – home electricity usage in four cities, and (2) to provide a set of practical recommendations on how such a platform would contribute to the increasing of energy efficiency at local, regional, national and European levels. As a prerequisite, it will (3) offer state-of-the art knowledge in the field. The platform, built on an existing software-based solution that has been developed by project partner Enerbyte, will be enhanced into an open, extensible, reusable, socially acceptable and marketable platform, incorporating real-time energy information, novel gaming and other reward mechanisms to achieve energy efficiency through stimulating behavioural change. The new platform will be developed in a constant interaction with stakeholders via Living Labs. The project will adapt to local specificities, demographic make-ups and capacities of four targeted cities – Amsterdam, Bergen, Barcelona and Brussels – where pilots and Living Labs will be held.

Acronym PARENT (Reference Number: 5642615)
Duration 01/03/2016 - 28/02/2019
Project Topic Topic 2. Smart tools and services for integrated urban energy and transport systems
Network ENSCC
Call ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC) - Joint Call for Proposals

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
5642615 Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Institute for European Studies Coordinator Belgium
5642754 Enerbyte Smart Energy Solutions Partner Spain
5645473 University of Bergen - Center for the study of the sciences and humanities Partner Norway
5648126 Resourcefully Partner Netherlands
6144795 Universiteit Utrecht - Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development Partner Netherlands
6150775 Blue Planet Academy & Consulting Partner Belgium