Solar Urban Districts
The implementation of climate and sustainability policies (see Agenda2030), alongside the transformation of the European energy system towards a more decentralized system, will push energy production, such as photovoltaic (PV), closer to the final users, of which the majority live in urbanized areas. This transformation poses several challenges to medium and small size cities (65% of the population in Sweden) that are not prepared to steer such a process. Based on our previous research in the fields of urban design, building-integrated PV, and energy economics, we claim that a district/city approach is the most useful to develop, test, and evaluate a design-driven, democratic method to transform cities into energy-integrated environments. This approach will be co-created with the policy makers, citizens' associations, and energy companies in a testbed in Luleå.
Project leader: Agatino Rizzo, LTU
co-researchers: Kristina Ek, ETS; Björn Ekelund, LTU; Alessandra Scognamiglio, ENEA