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When it comes to The Sustainable City of the Future, Nordhavn will be a prime example. This former industrial area is being transformed into an entirely new, sustainable district. Nordhavn is Scandinavia’s largest and most ambitious urban development project to date, providing space for 40,000 residents and 40,000 jobs.
In the coming years, this major urban development will be taking place in Nordhavn, which is situated like a peninsula adjacent to the Copenhagen district of Østerbro. Until recently Nordhavn was best known as a port of call for cruise ships and container traffic. However, as the industry moved away, this created a unique opportunity to invest the old industrial area with a brand new identity and function. A consortium consisting of Cobe, Sleth, Polyform and Rambøll were responsible for the winning proposal for Nordhavn, which is now in the process of being realised. The project will progress over the next 40-50 years. Eventually Nordhavn will accommodate 40,000 residents and pave the way for the same number of jobs.
The Sustainable City of the Future
“The Sustainable City of the Future” is also the motto and vision for the Nordhavn project. The term, “sustainability” refers to every aspect of the concept, not just to environmental responsibility.  Six sub-points for the overall vision formed the framework for the competition’s assignment, ensuring that every aspect of sustainability would be incorporated. The Sustainable City of the Future is at once: an environmentally friendly city; a vibrant city; a city for everyone; a city by the water; a dynamic city; a city with green traffic.
Six themes for Nordhavn
The winning proposal is based on six themes, which match the six points of the vision. The themes are as follows: Islets and Canals; Identity and Cultural Traces; Five-Minute-City; Blue and Green City; CO2-Friendly City; and Intelligent Grid.
Friday June 3
Site visit: EnergyLab Nordhavn – New full-scale smart city energy lab in Copenhagen
img_i_solution_1019537ded26ca2442.58153695_origEnergyLab Nordhavn will become a leading full-scale lab for test and demonstration of how to integrate electricity, heating, energy efficient buildings and electric transport in an intelligent energy system. EnergyLab Nordhavn in Copenhagen is a live, full-scale energy laboratory for development and test and demonstration of smart city energy solutions, such as smart energy integration, flexible energy data collection and management as well as decision support tools for planning and operating.
Solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable cities
EnergyLab Nordhavn aims to develop new business models, new energy technologies and intelligent operating solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable, densely populated low-energy cities worldwide. For example integrated and flexible energy markets, coordinated operation of the electricity and heating system, energy storage, low-energy buildings as well as technologies able to switch between energy sources.
About EnergyLab Nordhavn
The EnergyLab Nordhavn project has a budget of DKK 129m, of which DKK 77m is granted by the Danish Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme, EUDP.
The project is a consortium led by DTU and counts the City of Copenhagen, HOFOR, DONG Energy, CPH City & Port Development, ABB, Balslev, CleanCharge, Metro Therm, Glen Dimplex and PowerLab facilities.
Site visit: PowerLabDK – an experimental platform for electric power and energy
PowerlabdkPowerLab support technology development, test, training and demonstrations that will contribute to the development of a reliable, cost efficient and sustainable energy system based on renewable energy sources.
The facilities contain flexible test laboratories, a large-scale experimental facilities and a complete full-scale power distribution system at the Island of Bornholm, which is a data source and platform for full-scale and real-life experiments.
The PowerLab facilities welcome engineers and researcher coming from industry and academia as well as innovative students.
PowerLab is a national GreenLab under the Danish Energy Agency – part of the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building.
Bornholm Power System
Test and demonstration of Smart Grid technologies under realistic and stressed conditions, corresponding to future renewable-based energy systems.
  • Fluctuating power test scenarios: Approx.30% wind power penetration (yearly average)
  • Realistic modeling: Equivalent to 1% of Denmark with regard to area, population and energy consumption.
  • Islanding operation capability.
  • Integrated part of PowerLabDK
  • Communication lines to PowerLabDK facility: Intelligent Control Lab
The Bornholm Power System facility offers services as:
Full scale analysis, test and demonstration of:
  • Distribution grid automation Customer behavior
  • Electricity markets
  • Wind turbine control
  • Frequency control
  • Wind power and PV integration
  • Electric vehicle integration
  • Islanding operation, loss of mains
  • Energy forecasting systems
13.00 Closing of Tour; Packed lunch and departure for airport