Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory | Sustainable Design of Communities, in Scientific American
I came across this project as a "world-changing idea" while reading Scientific American this week. The Oakland Ecoblock project "will retrofit 30 to 40 contiguous old homes in a lower– to middle-income neighborhood near California’s famous Golden Gate Bridge. It aims to apply existing technology to dramatically reduce fossil fuel and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions."
On the energy front, we will install solar panels on buildings throughout the community, sending the energy to a smart microgrid; excess solar energy will be stored via flywheels housed in a shared building. The community will also share electric cars, which will have access to more than two dozen local charging stations. These measures should reduce annual electricity consumption by more than half and bring carbon emissions to zero—a valuable feat, considering that more than a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions emanate from residences.
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