Open Call | Pamplona

The urban context

The City of Pamplona is located in the North-East of Spain, close to the Pyrenees.

Pamplona is an EC Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse City and adhered to the Covenant of Mayor in 2009. The City of Pamplona has set an Urban Strategy 2030 aimed at addressing five strategic dimensions among which the development of a green ecological and socially inclusive transition.

The oPEN Living Lab Pamplona will develop activities within the Rochapea neighbourhood with a population of 25.000 inhabitants and a poverty risk rate of 11,3%. (the highest rate of Navarra Region). The renovation process will involve the IWER complex and two social housing blocks from the San Pedro group owned by Pamplona City Council.

The IWER complex is a former industrial building constructed between 1945 and 1967, first abandoned and then renovated in the early 2000s for meeting the minimum energy standards. Now the complex hosts several companies and offers office space in an area of 33.000 m2.

The San Pedro Group is a social housing complex with 235 dwellings, built in 1948 and retrofitted in 1985. The energy performance does not meet the current standards and residents buy energy from traditional suppliers. The Rochapea neighbourhood is socially diverse, being inhabited by people of different nationalities, cultures and socio-economic status. It is mainly composed by a working class and presents higher rates of poverty than the average of Pamplona.

oPEN Living Lab Pamplona: Technical Challenges

Technical Challenge 1

Support tools for co-creation and management of LECs

Technical Challenge 2

Innovative energy solutions for energy generation and storage

Technical Challenge 3

Innovative and cost-effective user interfaces for management and remote maintenance systems of the building’s energy systems


The main objectives of the oPEN Living Lab Pamplona are twofold:

  • Implement one of the first operational PEN concepts in Spain, demonstrating an advanced, scalable, and replicable urban energy model, as well as developing and validating innovative solution packages for renovation and energy services.
  • Drive a local economic transformation, generating new business opportunities and employment related to deep energy renovations and renewable energy, improving living conditions in the city.

As part of the city’s energy transition strategy, one of the main goals of oPEN Living Lab Pamplona is to create a Local Energy Community as well as empowering and engaging citizens and stakeholders involved in the neighbourhood, creating a neighbourhood that is more inclusive and active in the development of Rochapea towards PEN.

For this purpose, it is proposed to create an energy management office (PEN office) for the district to support all stakeholders, paying special attention to citizenship, in understanding the relevance of reducing energy consumption, through deep energy renovation of buildings, and the benefits of local renewable energy generation, being part of the urban transition. The final objective for the energy management office is also to carry out dissemination, promote and assist new local initiatives and projects related to energy efficiency and energy production, as well as co-design on future projects related to Living Labs activities. A result of the oPEN Living Lab Pamplona initiatives is also to improve neighborhood’s welfare and enable it to achieve energy autonomy, turning it into a positive energy district. At the same time, a secondary result is to make the district more heterogeneous by attracting different social profiles to live in the area, thus demonstrating new economies development for the vulnerable categories of the district.

Find the Open Call Application Guide here

Apply through this form.

Applicants can ask questions in two webinars organised for the oPEN Living Lab Pamplona.

Pamplona Open Call Webinars:

  • 23 January 2023, 11:00-12:00 CET, register here.
  • 07 February 2023, 11:00-12:00 CET, register here.