Research Report Smart Cities

Delft - Research Report Smart Cities 2015 - 2050

Smart urban design requires an integrated look at the city as a complex of material flows and living environment, which exposes the connections between sources, functions, infrastructure and users.

This Research Report ‘Smart Cities’ has been published by the University Delft. The researchers consider Smart Cities as a way of working on a future-proof city, cleverly making use of people, resources and systems.

In this Delft Smart City research project, students examined the possible impact of recent developments under the heading ‘Smart City’ for Delft.

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Green energy is cheaper than fossils

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If we continue on the InAction scenario, we will pay 1.8 trillion dollars more

The Paris climate summit has entered its next round. Now leaders from all over the world are trying to agree to limit the global warming.

Enough reason for us to examine what climate change actions actually do cost in hard money.

And guess what: it is even cheaper than fossils! Read More

Smart Grid – Position Paper University of Denmark

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different technologies can be used for micro-CHP, including stirling engines, rankine engines, internal combustion engines, and fuel cells.

Fuel cell based micro CHP units in homes and commercial buildings can help the electricity grid assimilate more renewables according to the Technical University of Denmark.

Scientists published a report explaining the need to create a market for electricity services to draw new technologies such as micro CHP into wider use and accelerate the cost reduction needed for general consumer uptake. Read More

The solar revolution by Bloomberg

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The shift to renewables is happening shockingly fast, but not fast enough to prevent perilous levels of global warming.

A new report from Bloomberg, looking ahead to the next 25 years of renewables, has been containing something new. But for who want to know the highlights. Here they come. 

  • The costs of a power plant based on solar panels, will be halve, the next 25 years

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2014 record year for renewable energy

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Green power: Global investments reached USD 300 billion. A relatively large proportion of these billions has been done by emerging countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Honduras, Jordan and Uruguay.

According to the Global Status Report 2015 REN21, 2014 was a record year for investments in renewable energy.

Especially in Solar and Wind Energy.

The number of countries have set targets for green energy has risen to 164.  Read More

Which Oil Company scored best in producing sustainable biofuel 2013?

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In 2005 more than 50% of the fuel was depending on natural gas. Just 10% was green powered. Looking at the data from 2013, the market for energy production has been preserved substantially. 35% of green energy and the share of polluting sources like natural gas and coal has been reduced.

Under the Dutch biofuels obligation, fuel suppliers are required to include a minimum share of biofuels in their overall sales of road transport fuels: 5.0% in 2013.

They also have to submit an annual report detailing the biofuels they sell on the Dutch market. The Dutch Emissions Authority published a selection of the results. 

Ranking of fuel suppliers based on total GHG emissions of the seven biofuels mostly used in 2013

  1. Number 1 Salland
    This year the biofuels brought on the market by Salland have the lowest average GHG emission factor
  2. Number 2 Esso
  3. Number 3 Kuwait

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Report shows: Sea level is rising fast

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The increase is faster than measured in the entire last century: Nowadays, the sea level is about 6 centimeters higher, as it was in 1994 and about 20 centimeters above the level of 1880.

A new study is showing that, in recent years, the sea level has been risen. Not just slowly but faster.

That is told by a team of researchers.

They have scrutinized the measurements and sentinel satellites date once again. 

Christopher Watson from the University of Tasmania and his colleagues, wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change, that the new data fit better with the accelerating of melting land ice in Greenland. Read More

Netherlands Leading Role in EU Energy Market?

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Sun, wind and wave-powered: Europe unites to build renewable energy ‘supergrid’

Building on its strengths, the Netherlands, has an unique position to play a pivotal role in the Europe Energy market.

Why? Because of its physical infrastructure, geographical location, its strong business acumen and scientific strengths.

The University Delft has made a model for the Netherlands, how to take the leading role in the European Energy Market.

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America Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

Climate change, CO2 emission

An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

This Renewable Energy Policy Report 2014 presents an in-depth analysis of the renewable energy policies across the major countries in North and South America namely the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

It also presents the major renewable policy frameworks in place in some of the major states in the US and Canada.

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EU Report: costs and subsidies energy technology

Irena report renewable energy to 2030

A new report, “Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections for the Year 2030,” examines the biomass potential in world regions and with different technologies for rapid and sustainable scale-up of this vital renewable energy resource

A presented report from the EU ‘Progress towards completing the Internal Energy Market‘ shows the total value of public interventions in energy in the EU were €122 billion.

It estimates on external costs across power generation technologies. Not all costs can be reflected in market prices.

Think of costs of environmental and health impacts and the costs of climate change. It puts the figure of external costs of the EU’s energy mix in 2012 at between €150 and 310 billion. Read More

Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100

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October 11, 2014 – The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir serving Sao Paulo city, which has almost run dry. After nine months of unprecedented drought, 95% of the water has gone

Recent reports from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House are showing the consequences of climate change. 

Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100.

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The sun will be the world’s leading power in 2050

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China leads the global PV market, followed by Japan and the United States

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that solar energy is growing fast. Mainly due to the technological developments and the announced policy on CO2. As a result, the share of solar energy (renewable energy) may be greater in 2050 than any of the shares of fossil energy, wind power and nuclear energy. More than a quarter of the electricity will be Sun Power in 2050. Especially by an increasing amout of solar panels installed by consumers and industries. Read More

Actual report Greenhouse gas emissions. Need for changing?

Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from the atmosphere

Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from the atmosphere

Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer.

Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. 

The US Environment Protection Agency reported that 65% of greenhouse gases are generated by combustion of fossil fuel. Of which, 45% is from coal, 35% is from oil, and 20% is from natural gas.

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Extreme European flooding could more than double costs by 2050

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Devastating effects by the 2013 Central European floods

A report from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) warns that losses from extreme floods in Europe could more than doubled by 2050, because of climate change and socio-economic development.

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Europe Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

groene globe kleinThe Report presents an in-depth analysis of the Renewable Energy Policies of Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biopower and Biofuels. The involved countries are: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. Read More

Man-made Lowlands; A future for ancient dykes in the Netherlands

Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the Dutch from floading

Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the Dutch from floading

Two third of the Dutch live below sealevel. And because we want to keep our feet dry, we have a lot of dykes.

  • in the reclamation of peatland and marshlan
  • as coastal embankments
  • to enclose polders and flank rivers

But how do we treat them correctly?

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