Forty per cent of the world’s energy is consumed in the built environment, while looking only to major cities this even goes up to seventy per cent of their total energy consumption. At the same time, also the percentage of the world’s population living in urban areas will go up to almost 70% by 2050 according to the UN.
Smart urban technologies represent an important contribution to the sustainable development of cities, making smart cities a reality. In this sense, the energy sustainability of cities has become a global concern, bringing with it a wide range of research and technological challenges that affect many aspects of people's lives.
Smart cities are more than just data
To create a smart, or intelligent, city it not only revolves around data but more precise about how this data is integrated in order to generate insights. The data collected and insights generated by smart building technologies can lead to changes in facilities management that reduce energy consumption for climate and sustainability goals and help improve public health and safety. That is critical in places like Copenhagen, which is committed to being carbon neutral by 2025. Cities consume an extraordinary amount of energy. Lightning alone accounts for an average of 30 to 40 per cent of municipal electricity budgets. A smart city could increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Smart projects at EIT InnoEnergy At EIT InnoEnergy we are fostering innovation that:
Enables energy-positive homes and commercial buildings
Encourages energy-saving behaviours at home and at work
Supports a smart and sustainable transport system
Two startups we are working with related to these topics are:
Hardt Hyperloop in the Benelux recently received a multi-million-euro investment to create Europe’s first full-scale operational hyperloop test-facility for the high-speed zero-emissions transportation system.
Betterspace GmbH is developing an intelligent room control specifically designed for application in hotels. A connection to the hotel software ensures that a hotel room in only heated/cooled when it is in use.
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