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Energyatlas Berlin

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Energy Atlas – The metropolitan area of Berlin as a test site for the Development and Introduction of a Key Tool for Infrastructure (Energy & Transportation) Planning in Low-Carbon Cities.

Principal Researcher

Student Assistant

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Duration

6/1/2011 – 5/31/2013

Co-operation partners

  • At TU Berlin:

    • FG Energiesysteme
    • FG Geoinformationstechnik
    • FG Energieversorgungsnetze und Integration erneuerbarer Energien
    • FG Gebäudetechnik und Entwerfen
    • FG Entrepreneurship und Innovationsmanagement

  • External Partners:

    • GFZ Potsdam
    • Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG
    • GASAG Berliner Gaswerke AG
    • Berlin Partner GmbH
    • Bezirksamt Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf - Abteilung Umwelt
    • Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Frauen

Description of the project

The project will establish and implement “Energy Atlas”, a versatile multi-purpose toolset for decision-making as well as for technology and policy testing in the metropolitan region of Berlin. The Energy Atlas will be a 3D city model, integrated with fine granular data on energy and geothermal resources and infrastructures and with associated graphical interpretation. Energy Atlas will support informed climate-friendly urban management and planning as well as integrated energy infrastructure planning and design. The first application of the toolset, pursued in this project, will identify how the Berlin energy demand can be satisfied by geothermal and photovoltaic sources. Mobility related issues, as well as land-use management will also be incorporated.

The success of the Energy Atlas relies on identifying reliable data and then integrating and linking them as they will be provided by a variety of different stakeholders, in different formats and at different levels of accuracy. Besides solving the problems of bridging so far incompatible data provided by the particular institutions, the project will develop a process of institutional collaboration in data collection and exchange.

Based on the existing Berlin 3D city model, which uses CityGML as standardized description language, the Energy Atlas will link in information on various energy forms and generate a standardized data format. As a result, information will be easily exchanged between different stakeholders involved in planning and developing the city and its infrastructure. They can use the data to plan and evaluate energy-related development, and/or to choose urban areas or technologies where investment will offer maximum revenue in, e.g., the amount of carbon dioxide reduction.

Under the direction of Dr.-Ing. Wulf Holger Arndt, the CTS is responsible for a module for the energetic balance of traffic and settlement structures, for the project evaluation and for the dissemination of project results.

 

Transportation Energy and Emission Calculation Tool

Transportation contributes about one quarter to one third to carbon emissions. Traffic carbon balances vary, among other depending on spatial, economical and cultural characteristics of urban structures. Thus, a crucial research question is, which patterns generate low traffic and minimize energy consumption while ensuring high economical and social gain.

One element of the Energy Atlas is the “Transportation Energy and Emission Calculation Tool”. It allows the estimation of Energy consumption of car traffic as well as different types of emissions caused by traffic like CO2 and CO in urban areas. Therefore it considers traffic behavior, local vehicle fleets as well as influences caused by land use, urban density, transportation system, traffic relations and their interdependencies. The adjusted tool will be able to visualize different measures of traffic reduction on a city scale by using traffic flow data. In this way it helps e.g. urban planners, politicians etc. to understand impacts of different planning measures on traffic emissions and energy consumption in car traffic.





Dissemination

The results of Climate KIC projects shall address scientific, business and public stakeholders. The dissemination module within the Energy Atlas project aims at initiating and supporting concrete steps towards communicating the shared outcomes, particularly the Energy Atlas Tool, in cooperation with the project participants and the project management.

 

Evaluation

The internal Evaluation of the Energy Atlas Project shall contribute to the quality assurance of the ongoing research as well as of the aspired results.

Due to the interdisciplinary character of the project approach, the observation of the integration process will be one focal point. Its quality depends on a successful cooperation within the project as well as on the development of a suitable conceptional framework for the conflation of the single results.

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