Energy in smart cities

The concept of the Smart City encompasses various sectors under a new emerging paradigm, with the aim of taking a quantum leap in the organisation and as such in the functionality of cities. In this regard, energy is a key sector that, in synergy with others, has to facilitate this change in model.

Due to their very nature, cities offer a concentration of population as well as their social and economic activities. As such they present a high density of energy demand, defined as the amount of energy by surface unit. This high density of demand, multiplied by the increasingly larger areas being covered by cities, means that a huge amount of energy is necessary to maintain the life of a metropolis. This energy almost always comes from large transformation plants that depend on imported energy of mainly fossil fuel origin and to a lesser extent on nuclear or hydropower.

Low energy consumption is intrinsically linked with the Smart City concept, along with a high level of self-supply in terms of the annual energy balance. However the goal of moving towards a near zero-energy balance must not be confused with the concept of total self-sufficiency. Cities are powerful hubs for communication and exchange which is why the segregation or weakening of the connection of the city with the energy infrastructures is not a desirable option, for now. Read more…

Pilar Conesa
Founder and CEO of anteverti.
Curator of the Smart City Expo World Congress.

Aleksandar Ivancic
Senior consultant at Aiguasol and collaborator at anteverti.

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2015