Southern Burgenland (Austria)

Sustainable mobility, smart tourism and smart energy systems in Southern Burgenland (Austria)

Southern Burgenland is a characteristic rural area in the southeast corner of Austria consisting of two districts within the province of Burgenland – Oberwart and Güssing. They cover an area of 1,228 km² and have a population of approx. 80,000 inhabitants distributed between 19 municipalities with the town of Güssing in its core.
Southern Burgenland has overall the poorest infrastructure regarding public transport in Austria and in the largest part no connection to the railway systems. Private transport via car is by far the dominant way of mobility for most of the people in this region with a clear impact on regional tourism.
Demonstrations for peer-to-peer-trading of energy and building of foundations for digitally connected energy communities lead to the integration of region´s distributed renewable energy resources (PV plants, storage systems, etc.) in different platform solutions.
AURORAL will demonstrate peer-to-peer-trading of energy and building of foundations for digitally connected energy communities lead to the integration of region´s distributed renewable energy resources (PV plants, storage systems, etc.) in different platform solutions.

Objectives

Integration and interoperability of existing platforms using AURORAL data-brokerage services to provide commodity services to rural areas by:
• Digitalise of public transport to establish user-centric, demand-actuated mobility services, like on-demand bus services, mobility-as-a-service concepts or attractive e-car-sharing.
• Usage of cross-sectoral data with the connection of the mobility sector with the tourism in the region, as from touristic-based datasets for decision taking based on overall regional mobility needs or movement patterns.
• Support the development of public transport services to enhance regional tourist by integrating usage data from existing services and other data from the mobility and tourism sector.
• Digitalise of the tourism by integrating existing and numerous datasets and services from available tourism businesses to cover whole tourist journey and stay in the region.
Digitalise the energy system and integrate existing platforms to ensure interoperability to enhance commodity service provisioning for peer-to-peer-trading of energy and digitally connected energy communities have been built.

Benefits

• Developed a strategical digital infrastructure for the development, improvement and implementation of innovative public transport services for rural areas.
• Availability of user-centric solutions in response to demand-actuated mobility services, like on-demand bus services, mobility-as-a-service or attractive e-car-sharing.
• Integration of tourism businesses in the region covered by the Tourism Association Southern Burgenland to provide several commodity services.
• Cross-sectoral data utilization from the energy, public and tourism domain to facilitate the process of developing the scope of rural energy communities.
Enhance community integration through commodity market services enabling peer-to-peer-energy trading, common usage of battery energy storage systems, collective renewables self-consumption, etc.