Our energy sources will be interwoven with our households, parks and infrastructures, becoming part of them
In recent years, renewable energies in electrical systems have gone from being anecdotal to become a growing and evident reality. Renewable energies have increased their importance in the energy mix, both in developed countries and developing ones. We are not surprised to find a wind farm or a big solar plant while driving in the countryside, as we have already assimilated them as part of the rural landscape.
This is not the case in urban areas where the presence of renewable energies is still limited. There are natural reasons for this, as usually obstacles limit the existing resource: solar or wind for example. There are also economic reasons, given that space is more expensive, and aesthetic ones, since some citizens perceive them as invasive. As technologies evolve and become more advanced and cost-competitive and our commitment to environmental sustainability grows, the presence of renewable energy sources in urban areas makes more sense and becomes a necessity.
Buildings consume 60% of global electricity, mostly in urban areas. On-site electrical generation is becoming increasingly common in new buildings, thanks to local regulations, the environmental commitment of their developers or to plain economic profitability. In new buildings, integration of renewable energies is planned from the beginning of the project, always considering aesthetics and architectural usefulness. With this objective in mind, new technologies emerge that allow us to perfectly integrate these renewable sources. There are increasingly examples of them in the market such as Tesla’s solaroof or Solaroad technology to integrate photovoltaics in roads.
At Norvento, we work to speed up the development of buildings and cities as key players in the energy system of the future.