Saturday, April 20, 2013

How to Power the Urban revolution

Today urban sprawl is far more popular then ever before, mwaning the production and source of energy will surely have to be altered in order to save our planet from catastrophic events. According to Gaia Vince, author of "How to Power the Urban Revolution," cities output about 80 percent if not more of global carbon emmissions and not to mention these cities consume an even more larger portion of global energy.
Well according to the authro mentioned above, the generation of electricity will begin to shift over to "user-owend." Now the large power stations will still remain although they will most likely have to make a change as well in order to slide right into the transition shift. No longer will communities, neighborhoods, and other privately owned building need to rely on the huge electricity corporation. Instead they will all have roof-top solar thermal panels, ground-source heat pumpps to heat water, and photovoltaic panels and wind turbines to provide electricty. Photovoltaic paint blinds and glass will be used on buildings to provide electricity from the sun's heat waves. Not to mention the garbage produced will also have its own purpose in producing energy.
The entire plan is constructed so cities will no longer need to be on a national grid, actually some towns and villages have already done it, mentioned Gaia Vince. To me all this is nothing but excitement ready to burst into experience. I am absolutely ready for this transformation considering Duke power is our only option at this time. After introducing new options I am sure price will have to reconstructed in order to play in the market world. having only one option available, Duke power physically has the power to name their own "reasonable" price.
A few other methods of producing electricity will be by the use of pavements, streets, stairs, and corridors in buildings that will most likely be 'fitted" with piezoelectric generators that charge up through footfall, stated Ville Kaajakarc who has a Ph.D and is an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University. After doing some quick researching I finally understand how piezoelectric transucers generate electricity, simply through compression, which explains how engineers will be using streets, sidewalks and stairs in their projects.
Currently Paris produces electricty and heat by the passing trains and from the bodies of waiting communters in an underground metro station, which in turn is then used to heat the apartment block above it. The only major concern at the moment is how the excesses energy will be stored for future use. Several ideas have been brought to discussion but none have yet been confirmed perfect.
I believe within a decade most cities and neighborhoods, at least the newer ones, will have their own source of energy production. This will most likely be through the use of solar panels and the photovoltaic paint.

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