25 Oct 2019 - EnergyLab Nordhavn will be completed this year – the Danish smart energy lighthouse project that will integrate all relevant and available energy forms in the city.
The project’s activities are concentrated around Copenhagen's newly revamped harbor neighborhood, Nordhavn. This emerging district is designed to be the world’s foremost smart energy laboratory at full scale. This district heating and smart-grid integration show how electricity and heat, energy-efficient buildings and electric transport can be integrated into one intelligent, flexible and optimized energy system.
Copenhagen in its entirety, including Nordhavn, aims to become the world's first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. Over the course of 10 years, Copenhagen has committed to completely removing the city's 2 million tons of carbon footprint, even as the city continues to grow, with 100,000 new inhabitants and 20,000 jobs.
The biggest contribution to reducing CO2 in the municipality is traditional district heating, which now accounts for virtually the entire municipality's heat supply. But this water-based infrastructure is not just about district heating, but also about district cooling. Since 2010, a growing part of major companies' cooling needs has been covered by remote cooling, where seawater is circulated around the companies. This could potentially rid the city’s atmosphere of 80,000 tons of CO2.
Imagine what the rest of Europe could achieve by implanting EnergyLab and Copenhagen’s findings.
Current solutions do not seriously address rising temperatures and the resulting climate change. Renewable energy sources only go halfway to tackling global warming; the other half is energy efficiency. Our housing, retail, and production systems waste gigantic amounts of energy. EnergyLab has empirically demonstrated how we can turn this waste into an immediate resource.
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