31 Jul '13, 7pm

Sprawl + Solar Power + EVs = Cities of the Future - Environment News Service

Sprawl + Solar Power + EVs = Cities of the Future - Environment News Service

AUCKLAND, New Zealand , July 31, 2013 (ENS) – While a compact city may be more efficient for gasoline-powered vehicles, a sprawling city is more efficient when electric vehicles are the means of transport and solar electricity is the main energy source, according to new research by an international team of scientists. Reversing the negative perception of urban sprawl, researchers from the UK and New Zealand came to the conclusion that photovoltaics on the roofs of detached suburban houses are capable of producing 10 times the amount of energy created by skyscrapers and other commercial buildings. In a future with photovoltaic solar panels on suburban roofs and increasing use of electric vehicles, the scientists predict that suburbia will adopt a valuable new role – transforming from a high energy consumer into a power provider for the city. Funded by the University of Auck...

Full article: http://ens-newswire.com/2013/07/31/sprawl-solar-power-evs...

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