Network

THE “ENERGY VILLAB NETWORK”, EVN
MISSION
DEVELOPMENT PHASES
HOW TO BE PART OF EVN NETWORK
WHAT IS A ENERGY VILLAB OR ENERGY VIRTUOUS LIVING LAB
OUR SERVICES

THE “ENERGY VILLAB NETWORK”, EVN

The Energy Villab Network has been founded as part of the Italy-Slovenia Energy Villab Project, in order to consolidate the cooperation between the Project partners, and extend the benefits of the Project outside the boundaries of the Project itself.

EVN is currently in its Start-up phase, it has to prove its value, with the aim of becoming a self-standing International Network by the end of the Energy Villab Project.

EVN is a reference point for those Local Authorities, Companies, Universities and other stakeholders, who wish to have a support in implementing their Energy Living Labs.

Based on the experience of its founding partners, EVN promotes the model of the Energy Living Lab or Energy Villab as a tool to reach sustainability targets through participated activities.

The Energy ViLLab has proven to be:
a tool for the implementation of the European Directives. Energy Living Labs presented in this web site are an example of effective tools to reach the sustainability targets posed by European Directives.
the ‘fourth P’, that is the element of citizens (or groups of stakeholders) participation, according to the concept of “Human Centric” participated innovation. The network aims at promoting the experience of the Partners, the metrics of the “sustainability” approach from the participated perspective.
a tool of economic development. The EnergyViLLab, as a place of participated experimentation by the citizen, can be an important partner for the Start-up of the Energy sector. The Network promotes the interaction of its members with incubation facilities in its geographical scope, deepening the cooperation with the national and local institutions to enhance the synergy between the Network and incubators for the creation of new businesses and the growth of the incubated Start-up.
a transnational cooperation platform. The Network was born within the Italy-Slovenia cross border cooperation programme. The Network builds on the importance of transnational cooperation and mutual exchange among the initiatives in cross border areas or more in general in the EU region.
a partner in funded projects. The Network promotes and coordinates the participation to grants and funded projects of its members. Having a ‘active’ Energy ViLLab in a consortium for the participation to a European project call related to the theme of innovation or sustainability is an advantage as it ensures the presence of a participatory process already started.
an educational platform. The Network promotes the dissemination of methodologies and technologies represented by its members, organizing and coordinating initiatives of dissemination and education. Members are perfect platforms for the organization and delivery of training courses and informative and dissemination seminars about topics related to sustainable energy.

MISSION

EVN has the clear mission of the promotion of the EnergyViLLab ‘model’ as a tool to achieve strategic sustainability objectives. Best Practice Villabs, represented by specific Project Briefs in the Network’s web site, are promoted and made available to interested stakeholders.
The knowledge of EVN members is shared and promoted outside the network, supporting EVN members and new interested stakeholders to define cooperation strategies with the actors of successful initiatives part of EVN.

DEVELOPMENT PHASES

The approach identified for the development of the Network is the following:
1. Proof of Concept Phase (September 2013 – February 2014)
2. Warm-up Phase (March 2014 – May 2014)
3. Go Phase (June 2014 – September 2015)

During the Proof of Concept Phase, EVN activities are kicked-off, being still part of the Energy Villab project activity, with the final aim of demonstrating the feasibility and the solid basis of the network concept.

During the Warm-up Phase, the proven network is formalized and set in the organizational asset for its autonomous life.

During the ‘Go’ phase EVN starts operating in full autonomy, along with a shared activity plan, accounting and reporting the implementation of the programme of activities defined during the preparatory period by the ‘constituent group’.

HOW TO BE PART OF EVN NETWORK

The participation to the Network is addressed at:
• organizations that represent Energy Living Lab cases which reflect the identity of EnergyViLLab;
• organizations who are interested in using the Living Lab approach to reach their sustainability targets.
There are two ways of becoming part of the EVN:

How to become a community member
Interested stakeholders can immediately use EVN networking platforms: besides the present web pages, where official news and project briefs are regularly uploaded, the EVN has recently launched:
– a Twitter account: @EnergyVillab
– a LinkedInGroup: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Energy-ViLLab-Network-6536736
You are welcome to become part of the Community, following us on Twitter and joining our LinkedIn Group. Moderators will help maintaining a focused and useful community interaction. Feel free to post interesting news about your living Energy Living Lab experience.

How to become an official member of EVN
In the current starting phase of EVN [ndr: link to the development phases page], while specific subscription requirements are being developed, the participation is agreed by single negotiations of MoUs between the Parties. The aim is to explore cooperation opportunities in the first phases, while modeling a more general and structured approach for the EVN go live phase.
Nevertheless, a few indications can be already given for eligible EVN members identification:
• A fundamental requirement is the characterization of the sector, RRM (Renewable energy, Rational use of energy, sustainable Mobility), a distinctive component of the Living Labs members of EVN.
• Candidates should be interested in either proposing their cases or gatering information on the Energy Living Lab approach.
Two very good examples of good candidates are: a) a municipality which has developed a Energy Living Lab experience (see our project briefs for some examples) and wants to share it with other entities b) a municipality willing to be supported in finding a strategic tool to implement its SEAP in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors.

WHAT IS A ENERGY VILLAB OR ENERGY VIRTUOUS LIVING LAB

A Living Lab is a participatory process, involving final users in the innovation of a product, policy, process or any other issue finalized to something he will finally be the target of.
In particular, the Energy Villab (or Energy Living Lab) is a Living Lab which focuses on sustainability best practices, products, policies, in particular on the so called RRM sectors (Renewable energy, Rational use of energy, sustainable Mobility).

In the general definition, a ‘Living Lab’ should embed the principles summarized in the acronym CORES: Continuity, Openness, Realism, Empowerment of users and Spontaneity:
– Continuity – to provide continuously a planning and management of the collaboration between users, developers and researchers. The aim is to create an environment of trust and mutual exchange of knowledge from which gather practical experience, for example, experiments, projects and tests, the necessary input to development a product / service in line with the real needs of the market and society.

– Openness – the opening of the innovation process is necessary for a faster development, especially regarding the involvement of the users in the design and development process of a new solution, it is therefore to open the laboratory to these subjects. Also, the opening is also in the sharing of resources and knowledge between the business world and research to exploit different experiences, skills and reach a mass of projects and development opportunities.
– Realism – to produce services and products with features that correspond exactly to the needs of the market and the social context, a behaviour as realistic as possible is necessary in the interactions of users with the tools and stakeholders (researchers, analysts, developers, etc.). This means therefore to create a real-life/work environment of interaction to obtain relevant information about requisition / needs of the subjects.

– Empowerment of users – The user involvement is a feature of the LL model, so, in this environment, a series of measures must be prepared to stimulate active participation (and for more projects) of the users, in a sufficient number that can represent the reference community;

– Spontaneity – In order to produce successful products and services it is not enough to offer highly professional solutions, but they must be inspired by custom, satisfy the real users needs and be adapted to society needs. In this sense it is important to collect and analyze data and information from the spontaneous reaction of the user in the moment (or moments) of the use.
The best way to understand how a Energy Villab can look like, is to read the project briefs contained in our dedicated web pages.

OUR SERVICES

EVN can support members and interested stakeholders through the experience of its members in the following actions:
• Energy Villab ‘start-up’ assistance: support in starting up an Energy Villab, through knowledge sharing workshops, education and training sessions, show case of best practices, specific coaching and networking activities.
• Policy development with living labs: supporting members in reaching sustainability policy targets through the Living Lab approach. EVN members are best practices of participatory innovation processes. How to diffuse the use of sustainable technologies in a municipality? How to improve the rate of waste recycling? How to turn a building portfolio into a managed transformation in green buildings while reducing the energy bills?
• Energy efficiency help center: specific support on Energy Efficiency methodologies and technologies.
• Renewable energy help center: specific support on Renewable Energy methodologies and technologies.
• Benchmark and measurement: measure and evaluate your Energy Living Lab. Is your initiative complete, valuable from a Living Lab perspective? In what measure did you reach effectively the aims of your action?

Info: network@energyvillab.eu

I contenuti del presente sito sono di esclusiva responsabilità degli autori e non rispecchiano necessariamente le posizioni ufficiali dell’Unione europea né delle autorità preposte a gestire il Programma per la cooperazione transfrontaliera Italia-Slovenia 2007-2013.
Progetto EnergyViLLab finanziato nell'ambito del Programma per la Cooperazione Transfrontaliera Italia-Slovenia 2007-2013, dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale e dai fondi nazionali.
Projekt EnergyViLLabso financiran v okviru Programa čezmejnega sodelovanja Slovenija-Italija 2007-2013 iz sredstev Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj in nacionalnih sredstev.