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The Manchester Smarter City Programme has been developed to explore ways of making the city work better through use of technologies. The programme takes things that the city is already doing around transport, health, environment and energy efficiency and aims to encourage further investment, through supporting pilot projects and working with partners in the universities, business and the public sector.

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Use Cases


Electric Assist Cargo Bikes (Pedelecs) for goods delivery in Manchester

The aim is to promote the sustainable alternatives for local deliveries using electric Assist cargo bikes. The Municipality offers the use of 4 bikes leased from a fleet of different bikes owned by Manchester Bike Hire to any organization in Manchester.


Corporate Electric Car Sharing for University

The aim was to reduce staff using their own cars for university business and to increase the use of EVs at the MMU. Two 30kW Nissan electric cars were purchased and two additional charging points installed. The sharing scheme is managed by a third party enterprise through an online booking system.


Leasing electric vans for estate management

To reduce carbon footprint and improve air quality, 7 diesel vans from the university estate management team of University of Manchester were replaced with new electric leasing vans. The vans are used for delivering mail and operational services.


Demand Side Response (DSR) Control for Student Accomodation

The use case aims to deliver strategic load curtailment in student accomodations via existing BEMS.


Demand Side Response Control for Office Block (Academic Building)

The Use case aims at delivering strategic load curtailment in academic buildings via existing BEMS. 


Energy Optimisations in Buildings

The Building Benchmark Assessment is used to identify buildings where energy optimization measures can be implemented and is based on a set of benchmarks developed over time.


Demand Side Response Control for Public buildings

The Use case aims at delivering strategic load curtailment in public buildings via existing BEMS.


Micro-grid management system

Microgrid management controller, designed to integrate disparate energy assets throughout single stakeholders to deliver improved energy performance within the areas of cost, CO2, flatten peak and effective use of low carbon generation.



Smart City Central Energy Controller

A Virtual Power Plant energy management platform, providing the capability to city stakeholders to actively manage Distributed Energy Resource (generation, storage and load) from a single platform.


Energy storage assets

Energy storage system with Li-Ion batteries which provides bi-directional flexibility. It is aimed for dynamic cycling.


Data Curation Service

The data curation service offers access to data generated by the Manchester mobility and energy modules (hosted on the OSIsoft platform) and other related datasets. This service will enable actors within the Corridor to create economic, social and environmental value from Triangulum project data.


Data Visualization Platform

The visualisation platform allows for the viewing of data from various sources in different “canvases,” such as virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 degree video or traditional 2D.



Photovoltaic installation on post 2000 building

The system is an integral part of the ambition to become grid independent on a campus housing 1 large academic building, an energy centre, a multi-storey car park and accommodation for 900 university students.


Data-Enabled Innovation Challenges

The goal is to encourage data enabled solutions i.e. solutions which make use of the data available by organising events such as hackathons. Grass root approach adopted to identify citizen challenges, giving participants a guideline on which challenges they could possibly solve using the data.


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