SPARCS - Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS

Project ID: H20 - 864242
Funding provider: European Commission - Horizon 2020
Investigator at UCEEB:  Ing. Mgr. Michal Kuzmič
Project duration: 1.10.2019 - 30.9.2024
Partners: Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT OY, Espoon Kaupunki, Stadt Leipzig, Camara Municipal da Maia, Reykjavikurborg, Statutarni Mesto Kladno, Municipality of Kifissia, Lviv City Council, Kone OYJ, Siemens Osakeyhtiö, Plug-IT Finland OY, Citycon OY,  Suomen Rakennusinsinöörien Litto RIL, Adven, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V., BABLE UG, WSL Wohenen & Service Leipzig GMBH, Stadtewerke Leipzig GMBH, Cenero Energy GMBH, Seecon Ingenieure GMBH, University of Leipzig, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao consultadoria empresarial e fomento da inovacao S.A, NEW - Centre for New Energy Technologies S.A, Orkuveita Reykjavikur SF, Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited, ELIN VERD S.A, National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, LCE Lvivavtodor, CiviESCo, Gopa Com

Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS demonstrates and validates technically and socio-economically viable and replicable, innovative solutions for rolling out smart, integrated positive energy systems for the transition to a citizen centred zero carbon & resource efficient economy.

SPARCS facilitates the participation of buildings to the energy market enabling new services and a virtual power plant concept, creating VirtualPositiveEnergy communities as energy democratic playground (positive energy districts can exchange energy with energy entities located outside the district). Seven cities will demonstrate 100+ actions turning buildings, blocks, and districts into energy prosumers. Impacts span economic growth, improved quality of life, and environmental benefits towards the EC policy framework for climate and energy, the SET plan and UN Sustainable Development goals.

SPARCS co-creation brings together citizens, companies, research organizations, city planning and decision-making entities, transforming cities to carbon-free inclusive communities. Lighthouse cities Espoo (FI) and Leipzig (DE) implement large demonstrations. Fellow cities Reykjavik (IS), Maia (PT), Lviv (UA), Kifissia (EL) and Kladno (CZ) prepare replication with hands-on feasibility studies.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 864242