Municipality of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, De Huismeesters, Steelande wonen, Metsens, Target, Patrimonium, iNRG, Enexis, Lefier, Nijestee, EnerGQ, Get There
Three regional companies, EnerGQ, Metsens and iNRG/Get There, develop different applications that reduce the energy consumption of residents. Researchers and students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences compare the results of the different applications. The project starts with forty selected households, who are given a smart application and a new energy meter. In addition, thirty households received a new energy meter and a technological application (the experimental group) and ten households only a new energy meter (the control group). The three companies want to give insight in the amount of energy consumed in households with the applications and thus affect the behavior of the participants. Research shows that by modifying the behavior savings up to 30% are possible. Students and researchers from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, examine the effectiveness and usability of the technology applied by means of measurements, surveys and interviews. The municipality of Groningen has taken the initiative in 2011 for the project ‘1000 Smart Households’. This is based on the ambition to be C02-neutral in 2035. Energy conservation is a major contributor to this ambition. In addition, stimulating the knowledge economy – and employment in the city of Groningen – is one of the priorities of both the current economic policy (G-force) as the Groningen Agreement. A coalition of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, companies, housing cooperatives and knowledge parties implement the knowledge project. The municipality of Groningen makes this project possible by a contribution of € 111,000 from the financing fund. The co-financing fund is for projects in the field of energy and healthy ageing, focusing on the transfer of knowledge to businesses and/or aimed at cashing knowledge through (technical) starters. The co-financing fund contributes to: • strengthening the energy and healthy aging cluster; • strengthening the economy of Groningen; • direct and indirect employment; • strengthening the image of Groningen as knowledge/innovation city on the themes of energy and healthy ageing, and thus contributing to attracting businesses and talented students and knowledge.