WIT Press


Urban Energy Harvest And Optimisation In Use Of Renewable Energy Sources In The Droevendaal Residential Area

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ARC080181

Volume

113

Pages

9

Page Range

181 - 189

Published

2008

Size

392 kb

Author(s)

G. V. Tragopoulos, W. Timmermans & R. Rovers

Abstract

Contemporary societies are characterized by the improvident exploitation of energy sources, under the context of economic development. The latter in the form that we address it nowadays, has been started, simultaneously, with the triggering of the industrial revolution. Moreover it is known that the countries that hold the fossil fuels’ sources are a few, while the appetite for energy is growing after the opening of the huge Asian market. The consequences of the aforementioned issues are multidimensional, as far as the growing environmental burden and the geopolitical status quo are concerned. Thus, could be stated that is a time for a shift to \“clean” energy production technologies, which could be addressed as the renewable energy sources. The latter created the idea of urban energy harvest as a matter of a more general concept towards to sustainable societies. The main visions, concerning the energy harvest concept is not only to produce energy by renewable and environmental friendly sources, but also to transform the urban areas from energy consumers to energy producers, ensuring in this way the energy autonomy and the geopolitical independence of every country. Keywords: urban energy harvest, sustainable societies, energy autonomy, optimum energy combination. 1 Introduction Droevendaal is a student residential site in the outskirts of the Wageningen Municipal area. The site surface is about 5ha and consists of 33 houses, which

Keywords

urban energy harvest, sustainable societies, energy autonomy, optimum energy combination.