Third HESTIA residential pilot workshop travels to France on October 16th

The project continues with its efforts to connect and engage the recruited households and citizens from our French residential pilot in France, through a 3rd workshop to be conducted in the Camille Claudel within the City of Palaiseau, which is part of the Communauté d’agglomération Paris-Saclay.

The Camille Claudel district is located in the southwest of Paris and it is formed by small apartment buildings, that offer a high potential outreach after the project with more than 2000 dwellings. The district was built in 2014, with the aim of offering an eco-responsible development, compatible with the objective of the energy transition. It has been awarded the Eco-District stage 3 label, which validates that all aspects of sustainable development are considered, from design to delivery. The residential buildings in this pilot achieve a high level of energy performance and are labeled for the environmental and energy quality of their design. The district includes a wood-fired district heating network, urban lighting equipped with Lifi, recharging stations for EVs, an aquatic centre equipped with thermal solar panels, natural rainwater management, human-scale architecture, and qualitative organization of public space.

Within the overall project implementation at Camille Claudel, HESTIA plans to involve at least 40 households, that will participate in testing and validating the HESTIA solutions. Camille Claudel offers testing characteristics that will facilitate validating HESTIA in new conditions, with different electricity generation and distribution models, in a very specific connected network that will allow HESTIA to optimize the local energy system and invite inhabitants to become not only part of the process but the main actors in different co-participatory design processes.

During this 3rd workshop, the following HESTIA partners will be present, the main Communauté Paris-Saclay (from France), the public authority and representative of end-users (citizens), CPS will contribute by providing direct access to the end-users, i.e. residents at the French pilot site, Aalborg University (from Denmark), which are conducting all of the workshops as the project user engagement experts, and finally, EDF (from France), will coordinate the technical characterization activities, the identification of the demonstration scenarios and demonstrate demand response models and user engagement approaches in the French pilot site.

Once again, we like to highlight that the overall objective is to start building energy communities within these pilot sites, and this is why partners are implementing these co-creation workshops. It is crucial to allow end-user to understand the benefits but also their role, to feel empowered about what they can do and how they can contribute to the current energy transition process towards, and efficient achievement of the environmental goals Europe is set for the coming years.

We look forward to sharing with you soon the first results and outcomes of this workshop. Follow our social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) to know more about it.

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