From 1950 to 1980 the number of people living in favelas in Rio de Janeiro alone increased from about 170,000 to more than 600,000, and by the early 21st century it was estimated that there were as many as 1,000 favelas there.
Given the rate of change, our world will be a very different place by 2040. More and more people are moving to cities.
How will billions of city-dwellers access what they need without putting intolerable strains on the planet?
How can we plan now for more sustainable ways of life in a radically different world?
In this post you will find six advices for megacities (a population in excess of 10 million people) Read More
These programs serve SCE’s residential,commercial and industrial customers who, in exchange for bill reductions, have agreed to reduce their energy consumption when called upon to do so and in that way ease the stress on the electric system, especially in times of peak power demand.
Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the integration of an estimated 1,118 megawatts of demand response resources into California’s wholesale energy markets.
And 320,000 customers have agreed to join. Read More
Before 2100, the world will count 11 billion! people. According to the most recent United Nations estimates, the human population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion people in the spring of 2024. (7 Billion on October 31, 2011) Read More
Energy companies need flexible plants that can quickly respond to peaks in demand and supply
Because of the growth in the number of solar panels in Europe, Energy Companies have to consider new business models.
Strategy consultant Berger:
‘By 2030, solar power will supply half of the peak demands for energy.’
The fact that more and more consumers produce their own power, is forcing energy companies to think about their future. On sunny days Europe scores enormous energy surpluses. This distorts the market for energy companies. They feel the impact of solar energy and therefore must adjust their operations. Read More
To create the algae façade, the building is covered in bio-reactive “louvers” that enclose the algae. Additionally, the bio-reactors trap the heat energy created by the algae, which can then be harvested and used to power the building.