Smart Accelerator international trips and site visits

11 February 2015

The Smart Accelerator project heads overseas

Project managers and partners to investigate low carbon good practice in Denmark and Germany

Over the month of February 2015 the Smart Accelerator team will bring a number of the project teams to visit sites in Europe to learn from models of international good practice and extend the knowledge share. Details of the visits can be found below:


Theme: Smart Infrastructure + Smart Island Environment

February 16-19, 2015

Rationale: Copenhagen, with its climate strategy and intense efforts to prepare and adapt to low and no carbon living is an obvious choice for an exemplar visit – running a massive array of projects and programmes, it is also host to UNEP Risø, the UN’s theme hub on sustainable development, resilience and energy, and the new Sustainable Energy for All Energy Efficiency Hub. Of all recognized smart cities, Copenhagen’s climate and environment is closest to the Scottish one and its population is of a size and scale that can be appreciated by many Scottish cities (closest to Edinburgh and Glasgow).

Island environment: Accessible by ferry service or catamaran, the island of Bornholm offers an excellent example of an island environment benefitting from the wider policies and strategy on energy and sustainability implemented in Copenhagen. In addition, the Danish island of Samsø, a model community for renewable energy and, through a combination of wind and solar (for electricity) and geothermal and plant-based energy (for heating), has been green energy independent since 2005. The island has developed the Samsø Energy Academy, to spread their story and methods to their own community, country and international visitors.

Find out more about the trip to Denmark here.


Theme: Smart mobility

February 24-26, 2015

Rationale: The city of Berlin is committed (with the mutual support of all stakeholders) to demonstrating innovations that are tailored to each city area’s unique socio-economic, cultural and geographical environment, while at the same time carrying out a standardised monitoring and evaluation programme. The Berlin division for transport has the task of developing an integrated strategy towards low or even carbon free mobility in Berlin as a main target of the New Berlin Urban Transportation Development Plan. From demonstrating, for the first time, a fully electric supply chain using combined modes of transport – to the provision of a provider-independent charging infrastructure for the city and encouraging uptake of and sharing of smart vehicles; Berlin is a leader among European cities in the support of electromobility. We will also look at new production, storage and consumption units that are being set up and connected to a decentralised energy management system in order to test an intermittently self-sufficient energy supply for the smart grid.

Find out more about our Berlin trip here.

About the Smart Accelerator

An ERDF project which funds and supports low carbon projects from across Scotland, aims to create the enabling framework for 'smart' city regions and sustainable islands projects to be delivered in Scotland.

Working with a consortium of partners including Scottish Enterprise, Transport Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Cities Alliance, the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund, the Smart Accelerator evaluated and selected a total of 15 successful projects out of more than 280 submissions. Projects cover the whole of Scotland with smart city and community projects and sustainable islands initiatives represented. The Smart Accelerator aims to move selected projects to a position where they are packaged and ready for implementation financing by developing innovative pathways for idea creation and support; providing additional capability and capacity to drive projects forward; facilitating access to new financing options; and building innovative partnerships and business models.

The projects we select and focus on are at the intersection of low carbon mobility, energy and the use of proven technology to enable smarter and more sustainable cities, communities and islands.

For more information about the Smart Accelerator please contact Siobhan Dunn. More information about the programme and projects.