Over the past 5 years Smartcity Malaga has achieved a 25% saving in overall electricity consumption in the area and avoided 4,500 tonnes of CO2 per annum, representing a 20% cut in emissions, Endesa has reported.

In a new white paper covering the first five years of the initiative since its inception in 2009, Endesa presents a comprehensive overview, saying the project’s success has converted Smartcity Malaga into a real-world laboratory for developing the Enel Group’s electricity distribution technologies.

Smartcity Malaga covers 4 km2 in the Mediterranean city of Malaga, and involves some 11,000 domestic and 1,200 industrial and service customers, with the aim to demonstrate the potential of smart cities and the importance of combining technologies to be able to roll out large-scale projects.

Aspects of the project have included the deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure, renewable energy integration and storage, active demand side management, development of a management system for the efficient use of energy, and electric vehicle validation.

Specifically, industrial and service customers were able to cut their consumption thanks to the installation of energy efficiency systems using active monitoring, control and demand management. 42% of residential participants also slashed their energy consumption by 10% using home energy efficiency kits allowing them to manage their consumption using a smart phone.

The amount of power consumed by public lighting was also reduced by replacing a total of 200 street lights with low energy models – attaining energy savings of 65%.

The entire infrastructure in Smartcity Malaga was monitored through a network of 40 km of medium voltage circuits and 72 low and medium voltage centers. Twenty of these were fully automated to further boost efficiency using powerline communications (PLC).

“By coupling state of the art technologies with large scale dimensions, Smartcity Malaga represents a world milestone in the development of a new paradigm of electricity management,” writes Endesa CEO Andrea Brentan in the white paper’s preface.

Smartcity Malaga has been the work of a consortium comprising 11 companies and 14 research organizations.

The Enel-Endesa Group is now applying experiences gleaned from the project in other smart city projects, including Barcelona and El Hierro in Spain, Búzios in Brazil, and Santiago in Chile.

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