Future Cities Need ‘Intelligent’ Local Energy Systems

By Sophie Curtis on November 28, 2014

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Andreas Koch is a chartered Architect and registered Energy Consultant, working in the field of energy efficient construction. Since 2012 he has been leading the research group “Energy Planning and Geosimulation” at European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER). The group’s research focus lies on energy system analysis and the spatial simulation of local energy systems.

The main focus of his research is the development of city wide energy and climate protection strategies and the spatial simulation of local energy systems. At RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, Andreas’s presentation will introduce the spatial analysis applied to local systems as well as the object oriented and agent based simulation approach developed. 

What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact our future cities?

The main challenge to me seems to increase the quality of life in cities for everybody. To do so the energy sector can deliver better services based on clean and low carbon solutions.

What is the biggest obstacle to integrating emerging technology into urban infrastructure, cities and communities?

In cities we are faced with systems of multiple spatial as well as temporal scales. Slowly changing urban infrastructure systems are required to react to sometimes rapid societal changes. In addition cities bring together a large variety of different stakeholders who assess this multi-level system with their specific viewpoint resulting in a different weighting of common indicators when judging emerging technologies.

What will be the key skills/jobs required in the future for your sector?

In addition to the domain expertise skills will be required that allow to understand the various viewpoints and combine individual solutions to integrated systems.

What emerging technology are you most excited about - personal or business or society wise that will affect our future cities?

In my mind the spread of cyber-physical systems will have a large impact on our society and cities. While we are already surrounded by a large number of such systems the increasing diffusion will deliver new services but also make cities and their infrastructure more vulnerable to system failures.

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Andreas Koch will be speaking at RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, London, on 4-5 December. To view the full line-up and register to attend, go to: re-work.co/cities

Join the conversation on twitter with @teamrework and the hashtag #reworkCITIES

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