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REPLICATE Site Bristol


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With its 442 500 inhabitants and the title European Green Capital 2015, Bristol is named alongside London as the UK’s smart city leaders. As part of the REPLICATE project, Bristol will deploy a number of smart integrated energy, mobility and ICT solutions in the neighbourhoods of Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill. The pilot will explore how technology could help tackle inequalities, such as how smart homes could help ease fuel poverty, and how electric bikes could help people to be more active and have more choice on how to travel. The project will contribute towards Bristol’s ambition to be carbon neutral and run entirely on clean energy by 2050.

Demo Site Expected Impact

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

Led by Bristol City Council and partners, the Bristol pilot aims to explore how smart technology could be used to:

  • reduce the cost, and amount, of energy consumed to help tackle fuel poverty;
  • use more local clean renewable sources of energy to increase local resilience;
  • enable greater sustainable mobility to increase health and wellbeing, as well as enable better access to training and employment;
  • engage citizens in their energy use and travel patterns to enable them to make the changes they want;
  • contribute to an overall aim to significantly help towards reducing the city’s CO2 emissions.


Buildings and energy

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The solutions demonstrated in Bristol are:

Energy efficiency in buildings

  • Retrofitting the building envelope
    • 240 households, including 150 smart homes (20 400 m²).

Energy systems integration

  • District heating and cooling
  • Biomass boilers
  • Smart street lighting
  • Photovoltaics
    • PV will be installed both on residential and community scale

Mobility & Transport

  • Clean fuels and fuelling infrastructure
  • Electric, hybrid and clean vehicles
    • E-bikes, electric car club vehicles, an on-demand electric mini-bus service and electric vehicle charging points in the district


  • Neighbourhood energy management system
    • The energy management system will work at city level.
  • Smart electricity grid
  • Urban data platform
  • Travel demand management
  • Strategic urban planning
  • Mobile applications for citizens
    • Travel planning and parking apps


Helen Manchester
University of Bristol
United Kingdom