Urban Governance and Social Innovation

ATELIER - Energy-Positive District Buiksloterham

AUAS participates in European Smart City lighthouse project


Amsterdam has received a European grant for the realisation of an 'energy-positive neighbourhood’ in Buiksloterham. The Centres of Expertise Urban Technology and Urban Governance and Social Innovation are participating in this project. In the new neighbourhood being constructed in the Buiksloterham district of Amsterdam, residents will generate their own sustainable energy. The expectation is that they will produce more than enough energy to meet their own needs. The surplus will then be sold on via a local energy market.

The development of this ‘energy-positive’ neighbourhood is part of the European ATELIER project (AmsTErdam and BiLbao cItizen drivEn smaRt cities). In this project, Amsterdam is cooperating with the city of Bilbao, Spain, where a similar neighbourhood is under construction. Other cities are also benefiting from the innovations and technologies being developed. Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Matosinhos and Riga will begin applying the resulting knowledge and experience at a later date. The City of Amsterdam is coordinating the project, in which thirty cities, knowledge institutions and business from eleven countries will work together until 2024.

AUAS participates in ATELIER as a knowledge partner in various work packages. AUAS is organising the cooperation with other Smart City projects, contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of the project and supporting the dissemination of the results in other European cities.

Energy consumer and supplier

ATELIER is bringing together new and existing energy cooperatives in the new Buiksloterham neighbourhood. Soon, current and new residents will not only consume energy but supply it to others as well. They will be able to store and sell the surplus energy they generate via a digital platform. Plans for the new neighbourhood – which will include some 20,000 m2 of housing and commercial facilities – also call for a collection point for shared electric transport.

Technology, civic participation and business models

For the purposes of this project, AUAS is making use of the knowledge and experience gained in the AUAS Smart City Academy. Besides technological solutions, the research group will also explore new forms of civic participation, effective business models and how to scale-up and roll-out such a neighbourhood in the context of other cities.

Professor Robert van den Hoed (Energy and Innovation) says: “This project represents a great opportunity for AUAS to combine and apply the knowledge and expertise on urban themes we've gained from all our research programmes. What's more, the project will help us link those research themes to our education, for instance by allowing students to take part in the research. And by developing study materials based on the resulting insights as well.”

Education at AUAS benefits

AUAS students will be able to take part in the research, study materials will be developed based on the resulting insights and the project will yield training and coaching programmes for professionals and students. According to Professor Willem van Winden (Urban Economic Innovation): “We are developing strategies for scaling-up and replicating these neighbourhoods. And we're also setting up training and coaching programmes for professionals and students.”

AUAS parties involved:

Partners involved:

City of Amsterdam (NL), City of Bilbao (SP), Tecnalia (SP), TNO (NL), Cartif (SP), De Waag Society (NL), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (NL), Paul Scherrer Institute (SW), Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (GE), City of Budapest (HU), City of Matosinhos (PO), City of Riga (LT), City of Copenhagen (DK), City of Bratislava (SK), City of Krakow (PL), DEUSTOTECH (SP), Cluster Bilbao (SP), IBERDROLA (SP), TELUR (SP), EVE (SP), SPECTRAL (NL), Republica Development VOF (NL), Developer Poppies Location (NL), Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (NL), Waternet (NL), DNV-GL (NL), Greenchoice (NL), Civiesco (IT), Zabala Innovation Consulting (SP), Fraunhofer ITWM (GE)

14 May 2020

Project Info

Start date 01 Nov 2019
End date 30 Oct 2024