Thu, January 02, 2020
The United Nations recently hosted a climate change conference in Madrid, Spain. In which countries from all over the world participated. 73 countries are now, active members of the Climate Ambitious Coalition. Their main goal is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 in their respective countries.
A major step in fulfilling this aim is to build smarter cities. Urban areas are highly responsible for emissions in the atmosphere. Cities account for two-thirds consumptions of the world’s energy and are responsible for 70% of CO2 emissions globally. Governments and leaders worldwide have realized that to control the growing greenhouse gases we need to equip urban areas with self-sustaining power solutions. Which is not only a greener alternative but also an affordable one in the long run.
What are smart cities?
A city is labeled smart city when it has strong guidelines on ICT a.k.a information and communication technologies. Services like energy, transportation, and other utilities need to be regulated in a way that there are minimum wastage and overall cost. Smart cities are built for sustainability and adopt green technology for a greener environment.
Off-Grid Power Solutions For Smart Cities
Most of the major urban areas function on a power grid which includes cabling, wiring, and erection of long electric poles to distribute power across the areas. This is not only an ancient system but also a very expensive one.
The next era of the industrial revolution will witness a smart grid that would use renewable sources for energy consumption. Few cities have already started this practice. In Toronto, all public street lights are powered by solar energy. Additionally, these lighting systems are also capable of sustaining a wi-fi hotspot. According to the official reports released by the government, an estimated 1.4 billion Canadian dollars have been saved which would have been used for trenching and cabling of this project.
In Helinski, developers are launching innovative urban housing projects under their re-thinking program which aims to develop sustainable housing solutions for cities.
Big cities like Barcelona and New York have also launched an affordable housing challenge that aims to use the latest innovations in technology to reduce energy prices for the betterment of residents.
The idea that renewable energy powered solutions are only suitable in remote and rural areas is now becoming obsolete. The need for off-grid power solutions in urban areas is needed now more than ever. With the latest developments in technology and innovation in the off-grid industry, developed cities are planning to shape their utilities in a way that includes 100% energy consumption through renewables.
One such innovation that is making waves in the off-grid industry is hybrid power systems. These power systems use a combination of both wind and solar energy to generate power like our products ISP-1 and ISP-2.
Our ISP range is grid-independent products that can be used for various purposes like lighting, public safety, communications environmental monitoring, traffic management, security, and surveillance.
Currently, hybrid power systems are being viewed as one of the most efficient methods for implementing smart city guidelines. In the future with the help of hybrid power systems urban cities would be able to power themselves independently.
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