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Energies 2016, 9(7), 544; doi:10.3390/en9070544

Solar Energy as a Form Giver for Future Cities

Architecture & Energy, School of Architecture of Barcelona, UPC. Av. Diagonal, 649, 7th Floor, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 1 May 2016 / Revised: 6 July 2016 / Accepted: 7 July 2016 / Published: 14 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient City)
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Abstract

Energy is considered as a main influence on urban configurations. However, there is a difficulty on translating the city models based on theoretical renewable energy concepts into practical applications. This study considers the possibility of understanding this future model as a transformation of the existing urban centres. With this objective, a methodology to intervene in existing cities based on the study of solar access is developed. Therefore, an analysis of solar potential in relation with urban morphology is carried on through a simulation software in l’Eixample, a neighbourhood of Barcelona. The distribution of the sun factor in the different areas of the building blocks envelope displays possible morphological modifications that would facilitate solar energy collection. Consequently, the analytical method presented could be applied to regulate urban interventions with the aim of obtaining more solar energy based cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban morphology; solar access; renewable energies; reuse; cities; energy urban morphology; solar access; renewable energies; reuse; cities; energy
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Curreli, A.; Serra-Coch, G.; Isalgue, A.; Crespo, I.; Coch, H. Solar Energy as a Form Giver for Future Cities. Energies 2016, 9, 544.

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