Smart infrastructures for electric mobility in built Environments

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Aalto University, is a multidisciplinary university that was established in 2010  when the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the Unversity of Art and Design Helsinki merged. The university aims to provide a strong multidisciplinary education and research, aiming at becoming one the leading institutions in the world in terms of research, education and its own specialised disciplines.

The Smart Infrastrucres for Electric Mobility in built Environments (SIMB) is a project of Aalto University and funded by the Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation. The project started in 2010 with a broad stockholder value analysis involving industry, public authorities and end-users. The overall aim of the project is to significantly accelerate the introduction of sustainable electric mobility in Finland with a focus on built environment. The scenario is based on the smart energy production and distribution scenario, in which the batteries of the electric and hybrid vehicles will deliver energy on demand to the grid. The aim is to prepare the Finnish industrial players and consumers for the energy–transition paradigm.

In the frame of the Tekes' Sustainable Community Programme, the SIMB project aims at complementing the real estate and the building based concepts of sustainability, and thus the project comprises electro-tehcnical solutions in the areas of the charging infrastructure, sustainable mobility schemes related to energy systems as well as the identification of value creation logics of electric mobility.

Barriers and Drivers
Drivers : Growing user acceptance of electric cars (however, lack of knowledge of end-user behaviour may hinder the market growth).
Barriers: Problems in market entry (chicken-egg problem), but market penetration depends also on funding and policy measures (e.g. tax or cost reduction policies). Insuffient funding and allocation are a huge barrier in terms of market penetration.

Economic Performance
The project creates valuable information on costt-efficiency  and market size of potential solutions for the smart infrastructure (for electric cars/ built environment), and in realisation it would create cost savings (in energy and materials) but also create new business models. 

Social Performance
The project creates  knowledge of end-user expectations for electric mobility. In its realisation the smart infrastructure (for electric cars/ built environment) it is expected to create new jobs and improve living conditions and health by reducing emissions.

Environmental Impact
The project itself creates significant assessments related to the barriers, life cycles and solutions for more sustainable infrastructures. In its realisation the smart infrastructure (for electric cars/ built environment) would effect on energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.

Further Information

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