* Date : 2018-11-28
Environment-friendliness: The Present as Important as the Future
Sustainability is not only for passing down a good future to our children. Sustainability is needed for our happiness at the present.
A smart city’s sustainability aims to make the lives of people who live in this city happy right now. What’s important here is energy production and consumption. People should have ample energy for consumption as well as enjoy unpolluted nature.
Energy Experiment on Cobrador Island
On the small, remote Cobrador Island of the Philippines, its residents live in untainted nature, but had access to electricity for only 8 hours a day. But change has come to the island as solar power generators and ESS were set up in the homes.
Smart Grid on Jeju Island
Jeju Island, Korea’s premier tourist destination, is adopting the smart grid system, the power network system for a smart city. Smart grid refers to the power system in a smart city in which power suppliers and consumers can monitor and manage power use on a real-time basis. Environment-friendly energy production, energy storage through ESS, and networking of energy use in buildings and vehicles have brought dramatic changes to the lives of island residents.
Freiburg, the City of the Sun
Freiburg, an environmental city known for its solar power generation, is also leading the era of smart city. In Freiburg, there are a number of buildings that produce and consume energy in environment-friendly ways, such as passive house, zero energy house, and plus energy house.
Vauban and the Future of Cities
The village of Vauban implements diverse environment-friendly measures and, despite its proximity to a large city, is famous for its lush green zones and clean air. For the first time since the late 19th century and early 20th century when the ideal of garden city was adopted in Europe, the notion of smart city in the 21st century again presents the vision of model urban dwelling. That vision may be old, but can never be discarded.