NonA Weekly: EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES
Urban growth will have a large impact on the liveability of cities and will put large pressure on the availability of water, food, energy and materials. Climate change will put even more pressure on cities, as it leads to increased risks of flooding, droughts and heatwaves. The sense of urgency for climate mitigation and adaptation is growing.
Hydropower has evolved through multiple industrial revolutions. Today, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 offer solutions to take the industry to a whole new level. Rules-based analysis, advanced pattern recognition, machine learning, and augmented reality can all help optimize performance and assist operators in achieving greater reliability.
This is our last week on the theme H20. Finishing this research, this week’s newsletter is dedicated to Hydropower and Smart Cities.
1. IIOT AND THE FUTURE OF HYDROPOWER
For more than a century, mankind has harnessed the power of falling water. The HYDROPOWER industry has evolved significantly across the different industrial revolutions, and knowing where hydropower came from will show where hydropower is going.
2. TOWARDS WATER SMART CITIES
Urbanisation and the impact of climate change call for a new approach to urban WATER management. We need to find ways where the freshwater resource is cared for in a sustainable way that allows future generations of urbanites to have access to clean freshwater, and where the built-up area of the city with all its physical assets can last and function despite a more extreme climate.
3. THE MOST POWERFUL RENEWABLE ENERGY
The world’s most relied-upon renewable energy source isn’t wind or sunlight, but water. As with other energy sources, however, HYDROPOWER is not without an environmental cost. Beyond the profound ecosystem impact of damming and diverting huge waterways, hydropower can wreak havoc on native aquatic species and their ecosystems.
4. HYDROPOWER AND ARCHITECTURE
The DESIGN of hydropower plants has to meet particularly high demands. Their size alone makes integrating them into an urban or natural environment a challenge. There is also the expectation that power plants should be able to operate efficiently over a lifetime of more than 100 years.
5. SMART WATER IN SMART CITIES
Making our water smart is just as important as making our cities smart. This ARTICLE sheds a light on how smart water systems will work and how they will help us to conserve this precious resource.
6. SMART WATER: A KEY BUILDING BLOCK OF THE SMART CITY OF THE FUTURE
As cities around the world experienced an increase in growth, the need to expand sustainably, operate efficiently and maintain a high quality of life for residents becomes even greater. As such, making cities SMARTER is emerging as a key area of focus for governments and the private sector alike.
Stay creative and see you all next week!