Organisation mission & description

The Amsterdam Energy City Lab (AE-City-Lab) Foundation is an independent non-for profit organisation, based in Amsterdam The Netherlands. The mission of AE-City-Lab is to experiment and test innovative approaches to facilitate the development of projects and products needed for the urban energy transition.

AE-City-Lab works closely with Resourcefully, a consultancy specialised in the development of national and international projects supporting the integration of energy and mobility.

AE-City-Lab employs 2 experts in the field of the city energy transition, with a clear focus on local renewable energy generation and management, clean mibility and the integration between these two fields and applied, innovative SmartGrid projects in the urban environment.

Why a Living Lab?

We realised that experimentation in real life environments is lacking in the fields of smart energy solutions, renewable energy and e-mobility implementations. Most pilot projects that are undertaken in these fields do not involve real consumers in real circumstances.

There is a need for real data and real experimentation in order to understand the impact that small, specific and applied solutions can have in people’s daily lives, and so in society as a whole and the wider environment in the longer term.

The objective of the Living Lab is to apply existing technology in real circumstances to generate expertise and knowledge, and to develop practical applications that improve the quality of life in terms of:


  • Environmental responsibility;
  • Efficiency in resources management;
  • Cost savings.
  • There are many stakeholders involved in order to make these changes, which require an open and accessible model. The lab will be developed with the collaboration with partners. Companies, institutions and private individuals are able to visit the lab themselves and use it as a source of data.

    Activities

    AE-City-Lab develops activities concerning the energy transition in cities, demonstrating innovation in optimised local, renewable energy production and consumption.

    In this setting the AE-City-Lab works together with local governments, grid operators, universities, knowledge centres, companies, foundations and individuals.

    Main activities concern knowledge and network development, optimising the most relevant energy flows and the design of energy management systems focussed on the energy-transition, through:

  • Applied technology through which the monitoring of electricity production (solar, wind), electricity consumption (buildings, Electric Vehicles other devices) and storage (batteries, EVs) are made visible in real-time. Switching of and on of devices (based on energy offer and demand) is also included.
  • The optimal design of the energy management system. Based upon the demand profile, production patterns, grid capacity and storage or shifting possibilities, supporting the overall design of an optimal energy system. This can have different objectives such as:

  • - Minimizing CO2 emission or
    - Reduced electricity grid interaction or
    - Optimizing energy autonomy

    Projects

    This includes realisation of various experiments, such as:

    1) The DC-current project, focussed on reduced energy consume through DC lightning application avoiding electricity conversions,

    2) Another project is the Amsterdam Vehicle 2 grid project where surplus solar electricity produced by day is stored for consumption by night.

    3) For the PARENT project an energy dashboard is realised, allowing energy prosumers to monitor in detail energy consumption and production, benchmarking and gamification.