Model project for a socially compatible town self-sufficient in terms of energy

20 years from now, the town of Korneuburg intends to be self-sufficient in terms of energy and carbon-neutral. The UAS Technikum Wien contributes to this venture within the context of a research project.

By 2036, the capital of the district of Korneuburg, Lower Austria, intends to have become both self-sufficient in terms of energy and carbon-neutral. The Way2Smart Korneuburg project subsidized by the Climate and Energy Fund, a syndicate of which UAS Technikum Wien is part, makes a contribution to this venture.

In the course of the next few years, two major residential buildings owned by the municipality will be completely refurbished and fitted with renewable energy technologies. At the same time, a mobility hub – involving car-sharing, e-mobility and infrastructure for bicycles – is envisaged to provide alternatives for the use of private cars.

“Particular focus is placed on combining the old and the new and ensuring that the whole thing is socially compatible,” says Momir Tabakovic from the Department of Renewable Energy of the UAS Technikum Wien. “Hence, it isn't a purely technological project.” Instead, particular importance is attached to acceptance by and coordination with the town's inhabitants. 

Way2Smart Korneuburg

 

The two outdated municipality buildings will be made fit for the 21st century.

After an energy-related spatial analysis had been performed by the UAS in Korneuburg already in 2013 to determine the initial situation in terms of energy, it is now up to the UAS Technikum staff to integrate the measures carried out on the buildings and the extension of basic typologies into an energy autonomy platform. All energy-related data and actual measurements from existing measuring systems will be collected in this database. Associated with this is a representation of the overall solution's added value as compared to individual solutions, and implementation of a continuous improvement process.

Thus, the results can be applied to the level of energy autonomy of the town of Korneuburg. In five accompanying master theses produced by UAS students, innovative energy supply scenarios and optimization of smart mobility measures will be implemented, among others.

Ultimately, the residential buildings will be fitted with contemporary energy supply systems and contribute to the town's long-term targets, but also remain affordable for tenants. The aim of this model project is to demonstrate what is possible also in other areas of the town.