• Ferrara
  • Lamia
  • Paola
  • Rovereto
  • Trentino
  • Val di Non
  • Zagreb and Split
  • Bassano del Grappa

Pilot in Ferrara (Italy)

Partner Leader: SinerGIS - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

The pilot will focus on Scenario 1 "Assessment of energy performances" at city level and Scenario 2 "Realtime communication with building managers and/or owners" with 20 public buildings managed by SinerGIS with involvement of the City of Ferrara, Italy, (e.g. town hall, public schools, courts, forestry, commercial sites, municipal police stations, etc.) serving daily approximately 1000 people. The main actors involved will be the Municipal GI Department, the Municipal Environment Department, the Building permits register officer, building and energy managers, the local energy management company, the local energy provider. The following use cases will be tested:

Ferrara: various historical building typologies for scenario 1 - source: www.bing.com
  • Simulating energy certificates of residential buildings in the historical center, with the generation of energy classes saved in a spatial database for every building considered;
  • Building integrated certificates;
  • District heating optimization, with the generation of maps and reports about the simulated situations as well as kWh/a;
  • Monitoring consumption of 20 municipal pilot buildings through their relation with local weather;
  • Generating and sending alerts when important events occur and suggestions on how to adjust controllers accordingly;
  • Controlling the heating systems and programming them following the application suggestions.

One of the objectives of this pilot is focused on the validation of building energy performance model derived from Intelligent Energy Europe project TABULA, comparing topographical data and Tabula indexes and values against real consumption data.
The study of the historic center of Ferrara is replicable in similar contexts, in particular in European cities of average size characterized by stratified urban buildings with medieval additions and subsequent consolidations in the modern age.
The whole historical centre contain about 8,000 buildings, with 5,500 of them having used (totally or partially) for residential purposes.

The simulation on residential buildings in the historical centre will produce a 3D map like the following:

In the case of municipal pilot buildings that are being monitored (shown in the map), uses span from primary schools to museums, to departments of the Municipality of Ferrara; half of the pilot buildings are connected to district heating network (one of the biggest in Europe) while the others are connected to gas network.

Pilot in Lamia (Greece)

Partner Leader: Epsilon International - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, SinerGIS, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

Until the annexation of Thessaly in 1881, Lamia was a border city, formerly an important Spartan military base as attested in 424 BC, and shown by archaeological excavations to have been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC). 2011, Lamia registered more than 75,000 inhabitants on an overall area of more than 413 sq.km.

This pilot focuses on both Scenario 1 and 2. The first scenario aims at assessing how the whole city performs from an energy perspective, while the second is based on buildings within the campus of Technical Educational Institute of Lamia, and will aim at assessing how the institute performs from an energy perspective and what the best ways to increase energy efficiency of the 5 pilot buildings are. In order to achieve its targets, this pilot will be technical supported by partner Epsilon International, who will use data from several sources, including crowdsourced data that will be collected during the project and data from the Web GIS public system of the City of Lamia to test the SUNSHINE services necessary assess energy behaviors and pre-certification of the public buildings.
The pilot users involved will be in particular the municipality and public administrators, the building/energy managers of TEI (pilot buildings), a selected number of engineers at DEDDHE (Greek utility company), while the use cases will aim at:

  • Assessing energy behaviors in order to provide pre-certification of Lamia municipal buildings;
  • Creation of an energy -map model and validation of the buildings' performance estimation model against the real energy class of the buildings;
  • Generating specifics on the number and location of buildings in each energy class and collaborating in developing targeted corrective actions in order to improve energy efficiency of buildings;
  • Optimizing power consumption of the 5 buildings included in the Scenario 2;
  • Involvement and communication with building managers as well as cost calculation for energy consumption of the buildings in Scenario 2.

The pilot will be essential to validate the building performance model against real data consumption data provided by the DEDDHE of Lamia (Administration of Greek electricity network distribution for the region of Lamia), which has agreed to provide energy consumption data for the project.

Pilot in Paola (Malta)

Partner Leader: GeoSYS Limited - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, SinerGIS, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

The study in Malta will be conducted in both Paola and Naxxar and will be based on Scenario 1 "Assessment of energy performances" and Scenario 2 "Real-time communication with building managers and/or owners".

The Scenario 1 in Naxxar (10 kilometers from Paola, in Malta) will be created comprising a total of just over 1000 buildings, and global energy consumption for 2013 will be provided by the national billing entity in addition to historical meter readings and newly set up real time data loggers. Naxxar is spread over an area of 11 sq.km and has a population of over 13,000 persons. The area is partially built-up, with lots of rural areas and a coastal zone, but some of the old buildings in the study area of Naxxar date as early as the 14th century.

Scenario 2 will focus on three buildings of MCAST - Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology Campus in Paola, Malta, which has committed to provide access to the buildings, users and relevant data as detailed in the letter of commitment in attachment. The MCAST IBCE is a dated complex with architectural styles typical of the 70s; limestone walls, high ceilings and single glazed windows. For each of these buildings, new metering equipment has been installed in order to be able to count energy consumption for each building.

The main pilot users will be the MCAST administration as well as students and lecturers, while the tested use cases will aim at:

  • Corroboration of up-to-date energy consumption data with billing information for cost calculations for each of the buildings;
  • Assessment of SUNSHINE web application for usability and tool applicability in determining the optimum way of energy consumption reduction;
  • Use of alarms generated by the SUNSHINE platform and sent to mobile apps, in order to adjust the heating/cooling conditions according to weather predictions in the area for energy consumption reduction.

Pilot in Rovereto (Italy)

Partner Leader: SET Distribuzione - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, SinerGIS, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

Rovereto is the second city in the Province of Trento, located in the Adige River valley, a strategic European corridor between the Northern and the Mediterranean regions. Rovereto is a cultural and touristic town with an important and developed industrial and technological district.

The pilot in Rovereto focuses on remote control of public lighting (Scenario 3), for which two systems were identified, with a total amount of 9596 streetlights:

  • San Giorgio - Residential area with 4 secondary street: via Europa, via dell'Amicizia, via San Giorgio e via Col Santo
    • Street lights technology: 5152 LED and 7 Hg vapor
  • Marco – a Roundabout on a main road (SS12)
    • Street lights technology: 37 HPS (High Pressure Sodium)

San Giorgio, a residential area in the Municipality of Rovereto, is a medium populated area with one main road, some secondary urban streets, cycling lane, pedestrian areas and some parks.
The roundabout in Marco is located on the main road "SS12 – Dell'Abetone e del Brennero", it is an important crossroad between the near tool-booth of motorway, the industrial area of Rovereto south and the village of Marco. The SS12 is an important interstate road because it is the only one alternative to the motorway in the Adige River valley, it’s crossed every day by thousands vehicles.

San Giorgio Area - source: OSM
Rovereto metropolitan area - source: OSM
Roundabout in Marco - source: OSM

Pilot in Trentino (Italy)

Partner Leader: Trentino Network - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, SinerGIS, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

The pilot in Trentino will be based on scenario 2 “Real-time communication with building managers and/or owners”. The pilot is managed by partner Trentino Network, a telecom service provider publicly owned by the Province of Trento, and it will involve 90 buildings, spread across the entire provincial territory, which are specifically built to keep the telecom equipment secure, safe and always on.
The buildings are completely equipped for remote control (including through remote management of all electrical and video surveillance system) and connected to Trentino Network via a state of the art optic fibre network that covers the entire province. Within this buildings the main contributors to power consumption are telecom equipment and, most relevantly, cooling and heating costs through air conditioning.
All the systems in the nodes are monitored by Trentino Network and the overall and instantaneous power consumption of each node is measured by a centralised system. Thus it is possible in every moment to know the active and reactive power and the power factor of the total power consumption. A logging can be activated to record the baseline of the power consumption and to supervise abnormal behaviour so to be able to isolate, identify and correct the possible causes.
The pilot activities are focused on the specific purpose of its own buildings; more precisely TNET owns 90 geographical telecom network nodes, which are in different places of the Trentino Province (an extension of 6.212 sq.km). These buildings have same infrastructural characteristics and their electricity consumption is relevant. For this reason TNET is working out new methodologies aimed at developing adequate energy performance estimations and intuitive dashboard in order to handle alerts, as well as supportive forecasting analytics for appropriate energy management policies.
Trentino’s use case is defined by the choice of TNET’s network points of presence: these buildings are prefabricated, more precisely 70 Points of Presence (PoPs) and 20 primary nodes, which are installed at the premises of the local government buildings (the homogeneous installation of the node is shown in the picture below). All the nodes are distributed homogenously in the Trentino Province territory. The network’s nodes are technical equipment and their main function is to work out the fiber optics termination site and to keep the telecom equipment secure, safe and always on.

The 70 buildings that host the telecom appliances have exactly the same characteristics and are realised with cement panels with a cubic form, and they are installed over a basin in order to facilitate free cooling process aiming at maintaining an averaged working temperature for the electronic appliances, which are installed internally.
Inside the nodes, better referred as shelter, the main components are the air conditioning system, UPS and Telecom equipment. All the internal and external parts of the remote sites are controlled by a centralized video surveillance system. While all the systems in the nodes are monitored remotely through the telecom network directly, and the overall power consumption of each node is measured by a centralized platform that will make available the reading of electricity and power consumption data.

Trento is an Italian city located in the Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. It is the capital of Trentino Alto Adige. Trento is an educational, scientific, financial and political centre in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, in Tyrol and Northern Italy in general. The township of Trento encompasses the town centre as well as many suburbs of extremely varied geographical and population conditions. Various distinctive suburbs still retain their traditional identity of rural or mountain villages.

Trento Area

157.9 sq.km. (61.0 sq.mi.)

Average Elevation

190 m (620 ft)

Total Population



740 inhabitants per sq.km. (1,900/sq.mi.)

In the context of the SUNSHINE project, the location for the generation of energy maps is identified in the southern district of Trento and it is bounded by:

  • Via Marsala
  • Via Rovereto
  • Via Vicenza
  • Via Asiago
  • Via Conci
  • Via Menguzzato
  • Via De Gasperi

This test area occupies an area of approximately 5 Km2 including about 1000 Buildings. It is mainly a residential area characterized by both single or multiple family houses as well as large apartament blocks. Isolated buildings, with an year of construction comprise between the 1940 and 2000, mainly characterize the pattern of the area.

Trento: nineteenth-century building typologies for scenario 1 - source: http://www.bing.com

Number of buildings

About 1000

Area km2

5 Km2

Buildings typology

Mainly residential buildings even if in the area are presents some other big buildings like the Hostpital, schools and some military bases.

Public administrators and city planning department want to be able to rapidly estimate energy performances of buildings at urban scale so that they can better define energy-saving policies based on true requirements of buildings.

Pilot in Valle di Non (Italy)

Partner Leader: Informatica Trentina - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, SinerGIS, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

The Val di Non (German: Nonsberg) is one of the main valleys of Trentino‑Alto Adige/Südtirol region. Val di Non is mainly part of the Trento province and it is located in the north‑western part of that province (only a small portion of the northern part, called Deutschnonsberg is part of the Bolzano province).
Cles, a small town of about 6,840 inhabitants with a nice historical center, is the main center of Val di Non. Cles mixes typical traditional aspects of rural mountain villages with more modern parts, built in the last part of the 20th century.

Cles Area

39.19 sq.km.

Average Elevation

658 m.

Total Population



175 inhabitants per sq.km.

The pilot will be located in Val di Non in Northern Italy and will address all three scenarios. In particular, the first and the second scenarios will be piloted on three public building complexes in a mainly residential area characterized by ancient houses as well as large multifamily building blocks. Isolated buildings, with a year of construction ranging between the 1940s and 2000s and newer, mainly characterize the pattern of the area. The following buildings will represent the stock for Scenario 2:

  • a sport and leisure centre in Cles,
  • the ice sports complex of Fondo,
  • the high school campus in Cles,

While the third scenario, on “Optimisation of power consumption of public lighting systems”, will focus only on the lighting systems of the aforementioned sport and leisure centre and ice sports complex.

Cles: nineteenth-century building typologies for scenario 1 - source: https://www.google.it/maps

Pilot in Zagreb and Split (Croatia)

Partner Leader: HEP ESCO d.o.o - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, MeteoGRID

Today's Zagreb has grown out of two medieval settlements that for centuries developed on neighboring hills. The first written mention of the city dates from 1094, when a diocese was founded on Kaptol, while in 1242, neighboring Gradec was proclaimed a free and royal city. Both the settlements were surrounded by high walls and towers, remains of which are still preserved.
When the Croatian people achieved their independence in 1991, Zagreb became a capital - a political and administrative center for the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is also the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia.

Some general information about Zagreb:

Zagreb Area

650 sq. km.

Average Elevation

122 m

Total Population

790 017 (2011.)


1215 inhabitants per sq. km

The pilot locations in Croatia will be based on all three scenarios:  “Assessment of energy performances”, “Real-time communication with building managers and/or owners", “Remote control of public lighting”.

Zagreb: area considered for scenario 1 - source: OSM

Considered area is 6x4 km including many buildings of different usage and is derived from i-SCOPE project. Usage of building ranges from public (administrative, schools, faculties, hospitals etc.) to private (shopping centres, business buildings, apartments blocks).

Zagreb: nineteenth-century building typologies for scenario 1 - source: https://www.google.it/maps

The buildings involved in the pilot on Scenario 2 are 8 buildings owned by HEP company (administration buildings, restaurant and dispatch center).

Regarding the third scenario, the pilot will concern the lighting system surrounding the HEP thermal power plant (HEP toplinarstvo) administration building, which consists of 11 lighting points with luminaires equipped with high pressure sodium lamps.

Pilot in Bassano del Grappa (Italy)

Partner Leader: Grafica Light - Partners: Fondazione GraphiTech, Cadzow Communication Consulting Limited, SinerGIS

The pilot will be based in the City of Bassano del Grappa and will focus on scenario 3 "Optimisation of power consumption of public lighting systems".
This pilot will cover the public lighting system of the city of Bassano del Grappa (Italy), for which an extensive survey has been recently performed by partner Grafica Light. The result has been a comprehensive database with all public illumination units and control boards, for each of which there is the full set of technical details (from technology used to type of light unit, etc.). The municipal lighting plan has collected and catalogued all public lighting systems, and has defined an action plan to improve the service and to implement energy saving measures.
Each unit of the public lighting system has been georeferenced and associated to the survey of the surrounding area (including width of street, walkways, parking area in its surroundings) and therefore can be used for an extensive assessment of possible optimization levels.
The aim of the pilot project in the town of Bassano is the survey of sensitive data regarding the opinion of the population on the lighting of the streets predominantly dedicated to pedestrian traffic. More specifically, the data collected refers to:

  • Levels of lighting / luminance;
  • Colour temperature of the source;
  • Degree of comfort;
  • Aesthetics of the device.

The streets of the town centre can have different lighting requirements based on the presence of users and the purpose to be achieved (security, building aesthetics, aggregation, etc.). The lighting setups may therefore vary at night and during the year.

Bassano del Grappa at night - source: http://www.zurika.com

The presence of tourists in the summer is definitely a seasonal aspect, and lighting has the purpose of "showing the city", while the presence of lighten up shop windows is a daily constant that contributes to the global lighting of the town and thus to its security. Public lighting must meet the user, according to the real needs, reducing energy consumption to the minimum when unnecessary.