Initiative on Smart Technologies in Nuclear Cities

Spatial Development
Urban Environment and Economy
Current projcet
2016 - until present

Customer: Rosatom State Nuclear Corporation

The purpose of the project: to set up a  modern high-tech engineering infrastructure as the basis for economic growth and  high quality of  life in cities where the nuclear energy industry plays an important role in local economies

Project goals:

  1. Identification and analysis of "typical" infrastructure  problems of a ZATO (closed administrative territorial unit). Assessment and ranking of problems in terms of complexity and solution readiness. Drawing up a map of problems confronted by housing and utility sector  in a ZATO;
  2. Drawing up a pilot road map for comprehensive modernization of housing and utility sector  in a ZATO using and implementing technologies and solutions of the NTI "Cities – Test Sites for NTI",  subsequent signing of agreements. Work to be done together with other participants of the initiative;  
  3. Drawing up  integrated investment projects for modernization of housing and utility sector  in a ZATO as part of the implementation of the Roadmap, attraction of project financing; 
  4. Implementation of investment projects for modernization of ZATO infrastructure, aimed at solving typical problems and achieving high economic effects. Dissemination of received results and approaches for solving typical problems in other ZATOs.

The first stage in the implementation of the initiative included:  holding a problem solving seminar for heads of ZATO, questionnaires and interviews with representatives of ZATO municipalities and enterprises. Problems facing municipal economy in nuclear energy industry cities were analyzed and demand for technology solutions and mechanisms for supporting projects in the housing and utility sector was estimated. As a result, the following priority areas for modernizing municipal economy in the nuclear energy industry cities were identified:

  • Innovative city-wide and block-wide  energy systems, a district-wide or a new building-wide microgrid;
  • Digital solutions for managing utility networks and distribution network automation systems;
  • Urban lighting systems;;
  • Autonomous objects that use energy from renewable sources and energy efficient smart home systems.

The second stage included holding the project session on "Smart cities in the nuclear energy industry" in December 2016. Following results of the event prospective partners, pilot projects and an organizational model for implementation of the initiative were identified

Project manager: Evgeny Rimskikh