Today, urban cities account for 2 per-cent of earth’s surface, 50% of the world’s population, 75% of energy consumption and 80% of the global CO2 emissions.
The projected growth of population is expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050 and 68% of the population will be living in urban areas.
This translates to tremendous amount of energy required by transportation, industrial and commercial activities, buildings and infrastructure, water distribution, food production, etc that is needed to sustain the urban population.
An urban city that aspires to have sustained economic growth needs to plan for a sustainable energy ecosystem that will thrive in the challenges of global warming, pollution, energy shortages and overly burdened infrastructure.
There is a urgent need for a switch to low carbon energy generation technologies for energy production, master planning for efficient distribution infrastructure as well as education to lower the energy consumption per capita for sustainable living.
Renewable energy offers the solution to lower the global carbon emissions. However, the issue with intermittent generation and with solar energy only available during daylight hour, renewable energy applications can prove to be restrictive.
Here at EPS (S), we have developed EnerShift, which allows solar energy captured during the daytime to be stored away and be used in the night time in residential buildings.