Renewable Energy – The City Of Tomorrow

by Editor

With the focus of the future becoming more about renewable energy sources, may countries are starting to take the challenge very seriously. Sweden is becoming a leader in renewable energy technologies and has managed to create a city of tomorrow.

The city uses an aquifer thermal energy storage system to store hot water and then pumps the water through the heating system using wind energy.

Malmö, Sweden, has led strides in sustainability. (Photograph by heureux/Flickr)

With a smart heating and cooling system and renewable energy, the city district of Västra Hamnen (Western Harbor), in Malmö, Sweden has established itself as the first carbon-neutral neighborhood in Europe, says Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu.

Västra Hamnen, also known as the City of Tomorrow, was transformed from a former shipyard in 2001 and is now home to 4,000 people.

The district uses an aquifer thermal energy storage system to store water collected during the summer 70 meters (230 feet) underground and pump it up with wind energy to heat the homes during the winter. The chilled water is then reused to cool buildings in the summer.

“There’s no need for air-conditioners in the district,” Reepalu proudly told the audience at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Forum, held during the World Cities Summit on July 2 in Singapore.

The city of Malmo received a Special Mention award at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize jointly with Copenhagen, Denmark for their “close collaboration at government and business levels, and shared vision of a holistic set of economic, environmental and socially sustainable goals.”… More at Europe’s ‘First Carbon-Neutral Neighborhood’: Western Harbour

As the world rapidly consumes the remainder of the fossil fuel reserves left on our planet, we need to start taking renewable energy seriously. Air conditioning and heating have always been two major fuel burners.

At the moment there are many alternatives available that can provide the necessary energy to power modern buildings and meet the demands placed on the grid for heating and cooling.

Many governments and corporations are starting to choose these alternatives.

Do you think that enough is being done to ensure a renewable future?

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