Smart City - Smart Energy
Urbanisation, demographic changes and climate change, mobility, energy and environmental issues pose major challenges for growing towns of the future as well as the regions they are located in. The competitiveness of regions will be increasingly determined in towns. A smart city combines social and technical innovations intelligently in order to create towns as long-term attractive business locations with a high quality of living. In terms of energy, our services have to become more efficient, energy supply has to be prepared for a post-fossil era and our societies for a "zero/low carbon society". The goal is to become more energy-efficient and have more renewable energies in the energy mix. The intelligent interlinking of energy supply, distribution (grids), storage and consumption is an attempt to develop and implement sustainable and smart energy systems. Based on, and in addition to "Sinfonia", the cluster members are provided with support to develop and implement new cross-industry solutions for buildings, mobility, infrastructure, the supply, distribution and storage of energy in urban environments as well as the necessary planning tools and business models: expertise from the Renewable Energies, IT, Mechatronics and Life Sciences clusters as well as the key area of Industry 4.0 ("Internet of Things") in the IT and Mechatronics clusters as well as the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Smart Energy Solutions initiatives enable holistic concepts and new solutions.
Many Tyrolean SMEs are experts in energy-efficient building and renewable energies. The competences of the companies in the Renewable Energies Cluster reflect this. The focus on Smart Buildings is meant to increase the pioneering role of Tyrolean universities and companies and push them into the international spotlight even more. The main aim is to initiate and support the development of innovative components and holistic system solutions and planning tools for buildings. This should boost the competitiveness of the location as well as the attractiveness of Tyrol for employees and scientists even more.
Combining technologies and developing and implementing holistic system solutions creates great potential for innovation. Therefore, the Renewable Energies cluster provides the ideal platform for these projects as organisations with the essential technologies and expertise are represented in this network. Furthermore, the desired interdisciplinary cooperation with companies and research partners in the IT, Mechatronics and Wellness clusters increases these competences and promotes the development of new and unconventional solutions. Synergies with the Sinfonia Smart City project are to be expected.
A cross-thematic and cross-cluster approach, which takes into consideration sustainability and climate change, urbanisation, the increasing interlinking of energy supply, consumption and storage, the progressive digitisation of our lives, the development of new materials as well as social challenges such as demographic changes and "affordable living", will make use of synergies with the key areas and initiatives of the IT, Mechatronics, Wellness and Life Sciences clusters such as Industry 4.0 or the "Internet of Things", Building Information Modelling (BIM), material technologies, Ambient Assisted and Healthy Living as well as with the "smart cities" project focusing on energy. Transferring these solutions to tourism will lead to great potential for Tyrol.
Interconnected systems and Smart Production
What primarily affects the manufacturing industry today, is also going to affect all industries in the future: Industry 4.0 and its methods are also going to play a role in enterprise systems, smart cities, smart energy solutions, mobility, telemedicine and medicine technology, digital construction as well as in tourism, snow technologies and snow management. This is why the Standortagentur Tirol clusters offer their members advice relevant to these issues on appropriate funding, assess basic and advanced training and develop them if necessary, expand and deepen cooperation at a national and international level and where possible contribute to building a virtual demonstration factory. The aim is to extend the reach of Tyrolean companies in industry, energy or transportation for devices with an Internet connection.
Material Technology - Lightweight Construction - Surface Coating
Lightweight construction is regarded as one of the key technologies of the future as by reducing mass an important contribution can be made to increasing resource efficiency. By consuming fewer raw materials and energy, costs can also be saved, therefore also making the key technology of lightweight construction economically viable and feasible. Modern construction methods and new materials usually lead to new product design possibilities. At workshops and information and specialist events, cluster members can update their knowledge on subjects such as 3D printing, lightweight construction and surface coating and by conducting a survey to identify products that are extremely profitable.