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Planning & Open-Air Demonstrating Smart City Sustainable Districts

DITEN—Department of Naval, Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Genoa, 16126 Genova, Italy
CENS—Management Center of Savona Campus, University of Genoa-Savona Campus, 17100 Savona, Italy
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4636;
Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 29 November 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
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The article is focused on the “demonstration” activities carried out by the University of Genoa at Savona Campus facilities in order to implement the “Living Lab Smart City”. The idea is to transform the Savona Campus in a Living Lab of the City of the Future: smart technologies in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and energy sectors were installed in order to show a real application of the Smart City concept to population and external stakeholders. Moreover, special attention was given to the environment, personal wellbeing, and social equalities. The sustainable energy Research Infrastructures (RIs) of Savona Campus allowed enhancement of the applied research in degree programs and the collaboration with several companies. In particular, an important partnership with the Italian electric Distribution System Operator (DSO), ENEL S.p.A., started in 2017 to test the capability of these RIs to operate disconnected from the National Grid, relying only on the supply of renewables and storage systems. The “Living Lab Smart City” is an important action to reduce the carbon footprint of the Savona Campus and to increase the awareness of students, teachers and researchers towards Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutes. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; living lab; sustainability; sustainable energy; sustainable environment; wellbeing smart city; living lab; sustainability; sustainable energy; sustainable environment; wellbeing

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Bracco, S.; Delfino, F.; Laiolo, P.; Morini, A. Planning & Open-Air Demonstrating Smart City Sustainable Districts. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4636.

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