Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities (IRIS)
Research Project, 2017 – 2023

The IRIS project supports the Lighthouse cities of Utrecht (NL), Göteborg (SE) and Nice Côte d’Azur (FR) and their Follower cities Vaasa (FI), Alexandroupolis (GR), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES), and Focsani (RO) to address their urgent need to deliver energy and mobility services in their cities that are cheaper, better accessible, reliable, and that contribute to a better and more sustainable urban quality of life.

By demonstrating smart solutions that integrate energy, mobility and ict, rooted in a City Innovation Platform, IRIS quantifies their value, and connects interests of many different stakeholders in innovative business models, allowing for upscale and replication of integrated solutions for sustainable cities across Europe and world-wide.

To achieve this, IRIS works along five Transition Tracks based on common challenges, encompassing 16 integrated solutions that cities can mix and match according to their characteristics and district specific needs. Track 1, 2 and 3 enhance energy efficiency and utilize grid flexibility by balancing supply and demand dynamically and by 2nd life battery and V2G storage, to allow increase of renewable energy production and roll-out of e-cars and e-buses. Track 4 supports this by data sharing, a common architecture, use of standards, and governance practices accelerating innovation, standardisation and implementation of affordable smart applications. Track 5 integrates interdisciplinary citizen engagement and co-creation in Tracks 1 to 4, connecting the needs of end-users with those of other stakeholders, in further support of innovative business models.

The expected impacts of IRIS are an open innovation ecosystem motivating citizens to act as prosumers; more effective urban planning and governance of integrated solutions; exploitation of validated innovative business models based on multi-stakeholder collaboration; more stable, secure and affordable energy and mobility services for citizens, with improved air quality.


Susanne Ollila (contact)

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy


Akademiska Hus

Göteborg, Sweden

Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH)

Thessaloniki, Greece

Asociación Cluster Construcción Sostenible (CCS)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)

Champs-sur-Marne, France

City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden

City of Nice Côte d’Azur

Nice, France

City of Utrecht

Utrecht, Netherlands

City of Vaasa

Vasa, Finland

Civity BV

Zeist, Netherlands

Côte d’Azur Habitat (CAH)

Nice, France

Electricite de France (EDF)

Paris, France


Rotterdam, Netherlands


Paris, France

European Science Communication Institute (ESCI)

Oldensburg, Germany

HSB Göteborg

Göteborg, Sweden


Göteborg, Sweden

Johanneberg Science Park AB

Gothenburg, Sweden

Koninklijke KPN NV

Haag, Netherlands

Kriton Energy

Alexandroupolis, Greece

Merinova OY

Vasa, Finland

Metry AB

Göteborg, Sweden

Municipality of Alexandroupolis

Aleandroupolis, Greece

Municipality of Focşani

Focşani, Romania

Municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

National Research and Development Institute for Energy (ICEMENERG)

Bucuresti, Romania

Nexity Immobilier

Paris, France

Parkhuis Lombox

Utrecht, Netherlands

Politehnica University of Bucharest (UPB)

Bucuresti, Romania

Qbuzz BV

Amersfoort, Netherlands


Stockholm, Sweden

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Göteborg, Sweden

Stedin Netbeheer BV

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Stichting Bo-Ex 91

Utrecht, Netherlands


Lund, Sweden

Tyréns, Gothenburg

Göteborg, Sweden

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS)

Nice, France

University of the Arts (HKU)

Utrecht, Netherlands

University of Vaasa

Vaasa, Finland

Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands

Veolia Group

Paris, France

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Brussel, Belgium

Vulog SA

Nice, France


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/774199
Funding Chalmers participation during 2017–2022

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance

HSB living lab



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