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Project management

DI Gerhard Günther
Vorarlberger Kraftwerke AG

Tel: +43(0)5574 601 73210


Programm-Management Klima- und Energiefonds

Mag.a Daniela Kain

Tel: +43(0)1 585 03 90-27
Mobile: +43(0)664 886 24 428



Through the use of technological and social innovations, the SmartCityRheintal project is aiming for a zero-emissions target for four development projects in settlements typical of the region, which are connected by a smart grid and a mobility-on-demand system. Regional energy suppliers cooperate on this with developers, local communities, KIT experts and research institutions. The foundation is the vision for CO2-neutral energy independence by 2050, including roadmap and action planning.

Elements for the Emission and Energy Related Spatial Development of the Polycentric Structured Rhine-Valley

The Vorarlberg Rhine Valley with its 29 communities is characterized by a polycentric structure. It is one of the most dynamically growing economies in Central Europe. About 65% of the population of Vorarlberg live in this region due to the high standard of living; the Vorarlberg resource consumption is therefore largely determined by the activities in the Rhine Valley. In 2009, the Vorarlberg council unanimously voted for the vision of CO2-free energy independence by 2050, including a quantified path as an energy strategy. As a continuation of the nationwide participation process, an action plan for 2020 has been worked out in multidisciplinary working groups, which in turn was adopted unanimously by Vorarlberg's parliament in late 2011. They focused on the aspects of space planning, trade and industry, buildings, mobility and energy supply from renewable energy sources in addition to cross-cutting themes.

Objectives, Methods and Expected Findings

With the focus being on these decisions, they should be implemented in the area along the rail tracks in Rhine Valley 4 of the SmartCityRheintal project and districts in Bregenz, Hard and Feldkirch. Here, energy and mobility measures will be integrated with technological and social innovations.
In Bregenz, a central region including the main train station will be completely rebuilt as a new district with complex functionalities. This will include a newly developed multi-story wooden house - the Life Cycle Tower - built in a passive house district. An industrial area is being revitalized in Hard. The town of Feldkirch will build a highly efficient, zero-emission convention center at the entrance to the historic town, where a green meeting concept will be implemented. This creates car-free access to the old town, which will be met with broad acceptance through the use of participatory processes.

The Integrative Concept

Participatory processes and interdisciplinary planning processes will be used to take into account different social and technical needs. The resulting innovative urban construction projects with mixed uses are characterized by energy and resource efficient construction and CO2-neutral energy supply systems adapted to the respective local conditions. The use of lake or ground water and locally available biomass is intended for the supply of hot and cold water in the newly emerging areas.
With regard to the overall system, a mobility-on-demand system will combine with social media platforms to assist the local users in using alternative CO2-neutral mobility forms such as public transport, cycling or e-mobility.
An energy management system controls potentially possible load shifts between production and consumption units (buildings, electric mobility), which can result from the essential elements of a smart grid, the functionality of which is investigated within the project perimeter with respect to an optimized load management.
In addition to these technological solutions, a new business model will be introduced through the cooperation of the developers with a local power company and tested for their acceptance. With that, the supply of entire neighborhoods with CO2-free energy sources will be promoted and sustained activation of the users can be achieved for climate protection.

Project data - Implementation project of the 2nd Call 20111
Project start: 01.07.2012
Project end: 15.12.2015
Approved funding: € 1.488.466,--
Total project costs: € 55.209.933,--


Vorarlberger Kraftwerke Aktiengesellschaft (Konsortialführer)
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
i+R Gruppe GmbH
Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH
Rhomberg Bau GmbH
PRISMA Zentrum für Standort- und  Regionalentwicklung GmbH
Stadt Feldkirch
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