The development of smart energy green cities, including fossil-free areas

Peder Vejsig Pedersen from European Green Cities provides a series of articles in this fascinating piece of analysis about the development of smart energy green cities, including fossil-free areas

We begin with a focus on smart energy green cities. Here, the author highlights the use of ATES technology with groundwater cooling and heating at Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen. We find out that ”Smart Energy” solutions will be at some locations in Denmark, where the focus will be on the widespread use of renewable energy in combination with optimised energy supply solutions that seek to utilise heat pumps in combination with so-called groundwater heat and groundwater cooling.

We also find out about the SOLUS low-temperature heating and cooling at the Munksjö tower in Jönköping, Sweden. One thing we discover is that Munksjö tower was made as an office building in 2014, by a low energy standard using only 52 kWh/m2 a year and this district heating is assisted by the outdoor air and cooling water from the nearby lake.

European Green Cities then outlines how to effectively implement energy infrastructure that has the potential to affect progress toward sustainability goals. Here, we learn about the proposed 5th generation district heating and cooling in the city of Køge, near Copenhagen. Certainly, we know that around 87% of people in Denmark live in urban areas which offer an opportunity to affect the journey towards sustainability goals and as such, district heating and cooling systems play a vital part in the mission of increasing energy efficiency.

We also read about how Green Island is developing fossil-free communities. I hope you enjoy reading the many insights that this in-depth analysis offers.


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