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A Cellular Approach to Net-Zero Energy Cities

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CERIS Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
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CICS.NOVA—Interdisciplinary Center of Social Sciences, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal
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CIAUD Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design, Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa, R. Sá Nogueira, 1349-063 Lisbon, Portugal
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Municipal Development Office, 2784-214 Oeiras Municipality, Portugal
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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1826; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111826
Received: 6 October 2017 / Revised: 29 October 2017 / Accepted: 5 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
Recent growth in the use of photovoltaic technology and a rapid reduction in its cost confirms the potential of solar power on a large scale. In this context, planning for the deployment of smart grids is among the most important challenges to support the increased penetration of solar energy in urban areas and to ensure the resilience of the electricity system. As part this effort, the present paper describes a cellular approach to a Net-Zero energy concept, based on the balance between the potential solar energy supply and the existing consumption patterns at the urban unit scale. To do that, the Geographical Urban Units Delimitation model (GUUD) has been developed and tested on a case study. By applying the GUUD model, which combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS), parametric modelling, and solar dynamic analysis, the whole area of the city was divided into urban cells, categorized as solar producers and energy consumers. The discussion around three theoretical scenarios permits us to explore how smart grids can be approached and promoted from an urban planning perspective. The paper provides insights into how urban planning can be a driver to optimize and manage energy balance across the city if the deployment of smart grids is correctly integrated in its operative process. View Full-Text
Keywords: Net-Zero; energy balance; solar energy; smart grid; urban cell; GIS Net-Zero; energy balance; solar energy; smart grid; urban cell; GIS
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Amado, M.; Poggi, F.; Ribeiro Amado, A.; Breu, S. A Cellular Approach to Net-Zero Energy Cities. Energies 2017, 10, 1826. https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111826

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Amado M, Poggi F, Ribeiro Amado A, Breu S. A Cellular Approach to Net-Zero Energy Cities. Energies. 2017; 10(11):1826. https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111826

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Amado, Miguel; Poggi, Francesca; Ribeiro Amado, António; Breu, Sílvia. 2017. "A Cellular Approach to Net-Zero Energy Cities" Energies 10, no. 11: 1826. https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111826

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