The exponential growth in the availability of cheap information storage and processing power – ‘Big Data’ – has helped drive the accelerated integration of renewable technologies in the US and abroad. From advanced building management systems (BMS) capable of leveraging the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning, to integrated microgrid control systems, ‘Smart City’ tools are helping to revolutionize the built environment and how individuals connect to it.
The breadth of potential technologies is huge, and expanding all the time. Our interest has been piqued by several novel technologies and design principles recently:
• Self-healing roads – with potential to include EV charging options
• Concepts of Placemaking being integrated with energy infrastructure
• Potential for commercial use of fungi to reduce N2O and carbon emissions
Discussion of ‘Smart City’ infrastructure could include:
• Examine how smart Building Management Systems could be incorporated into energy and wider infrastructure, and suggesting solutions to improve eco-district operations by enhancing visibility and automating controls.
• Providing potential economic models such as a Subscription model for Energy and HVAC equipment being offered as a service