Smart specialization strategies have been used to build more effective innovation policies and support interregional cooperation. The Smart Specialization University Campus project aims at emphasizing the role of Universities in regional innovation policies, by providing specialist research and technical expertise in the field of energy sustainable buildings and by offering campuses as an hands-on lab where to implement these innovative solutions. Universities involved in the project can contribute to regional knowledge exchange and its translation into innovative energy products, solutions and public/private services.
The S3UNICA project is the natural follow up of the Pilot Project ”Smart Campus” selected by DG REGIO under the call for expression of interest for “Thematic Partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects”, within the S3 Partnership on “Sustainable Buildings”.
The main goal of the project is to capitalize the experience of "Smart Campus" project to improve the energy efficiency of University Campus buildings and infrastructures, promoting the symbiosis with regional territory and the development of innovative solutions throughout the value chain associated to energy saving and smart grid developments: a common methodology will be defined, using the new Energy Performance of Buildings directive and its Smart Readiness Indicator.
Being S3 an ex-ante conditionality to access Cohesion Policy funds, this project will contribute to the foreseen “entrepreneurial discovery” process to influence regional policy, starting from University achievements and involving all the quadruple helix actors: S3UNICA can count on the involvement S3P Partnership on Sustainable Buildings, which currently includes 45 public administrations and the participation of different stakeholders from the industrial sector and civil society.
Expected Results (EN):
The main objective of the project is to improve policy instruments to contribute to a more suitable solutions for university campus, that will collaborate to improve energy management systems at university campuses, development of renewable energies, more accurate energy efficiency solutions, promotion of adequate energy infrastructures at university campuses, improving smart grid, increasing mobility at university campuses.
Among the 41 projects financed by IE, 6 of them (VIOLET, ENERSELVES, ZEROCO2, BUILD2LC, REBUS and SETUP) face the energy aspects in buildings. However S3UNICA differs because it refers to university buildings, that have different uses and energy consumptions and it is not easy to monitor them in old buildings because the most innovative measures are not always cost-effective; The S3UNICA project is SMART: as foreseen in the paper “Universities and Smart Specialisation” by JRC-2013, universities can play a key role by contributing to the design and implementation of S3 in a local learning and capacity building process.
SPECIFIC: it refers to complex buildings systems with different use all connected within campuses and in symbiosis with the regional territory.
MEASURABLE: energy efficiency improvement in campus buildings have been performed using innovative solutions coming both form Academia and industrial stakeholders.
ATTAINABLE: innovative technological solutions have been aready implemented on campuses and they will result as case studies to influence policy directives.
RELEVANT: the development of energy saving innovative solutions, the use of renewable energy, smart energy generation, use and distribution systems in existing buildings is a crucial issue within the specific obj, “Improving low-carbon economy policies”
TIMELY: a common methodology has already been defined and is now being implemented and applied to different university buildings and energy infrastructures, matching commercial and innovative advanced solutions.
Expected Outputs (EN):
The main activities of the project are organized as follows:
6 Steering Group (SG) meeting in 4 different countries: (M1,, M9, M15, M21,M27,M33).
5 Exchange of Experience (EE), 1 every 6 months in all partner regions: 1 EE (M9) will focus on "identifying and analysing" needs, competences and S3, 2 EE (M15, MM21) will focus on "interregional mutual learning". 2 EE (M27, M33) will focus on "knowledge transfer and actionplanning" through the Technology and Policy Roadmap.
3 Campus Technical Meetings (CTM) to be held at the universities of the 3 Countries (M9, M15, M21) to present the most innovative solutions adopted on campus.
30 Regional multi-stakeholders' Meeting (RSM): 1 regional meeting per semester in each partner region (5 regions x 1 event x 6 semesters = 30 meetings). The RSM will be organised on a number of bottom-up topics with a four-propeller approach, thus influencing Regional Policies.
Within “Sustainable Building” Partnership (S3P Energy) events 2 Bruxelles meeting (BM) (M18, M35) with dissemination purposes will be organized.
Expected outputs in
Step 1 – Identification and Analysis. A self-assessment tool enabling regional stakeholders to identify their strengths and weaknesses across the innovation cycle, policy framework, technical and financial performance.
Step 2: Interregional mutual learning: S3UNICA will organise exchange of experience (EE) events for each region. Each will focus on strategies, technical solutions, the policy frameworkand the ecosystem of the host region to increase smart energy saving, distribution and production measures, as well as methods, resources, results and experience throughout the innovation cycle.
Step 3: Knowledge transfer and action plans. S3UNICA will disseminate the main lessons learned from the rich experience of S3UNICA partners in meetings, start codifying tools and implementation of policy methods and develop an interregional ecosystem to support the growth of transnational markets.
The results that we are trying to achieve through the S3UNICA project are as follows:
All regional actors in the value chain in the dissemination of energy efficiency innovations will have collaborated on applied learning activities to identify how governments can improve regional energy policies.
By using innovative solutions tested on university campus, the Regions will be able to have a supra-product roadmap and energy services that can be applied in public buildings and, at the same time, they will be able to review or contribute to the creation of specific trajectories for the S3 already approved by the partner regions.
Transnational markets will be grown through the development of ecosystems and interregional and regional tools to support transnational collaborations.