Who is leading the smart city revolution?
Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld have released a new report commenting on which cities are the most advanced in smart city transformation.
The report found Singapore to be the leader of the smart city revolution, followed by London and Barcelona.
The city-nation state of Singapore owns and controls the majority of its infrastructure, allowing for easier access to technology.
The city currently has a Smart Nation strategy which plans innovation that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
London has 3,000 parks and 30,000 allotments, with the total green space covering 47% of the city at 62,118 hectares.
Barcelona was awarded third place for it’s integrated of IoT, which ahs offered 47,000 jobs to locals.
The city has also saved €42.5mn (US$52.5mn) through water use and annually generated €36.5mn ($45mn) through smart parking.
The firms polled 150 planning experts, which nominated 42 cities across the world.
Cities account for 70% of global energy consumption, and it is anticipated that by 2050 they will host an additional 2.5bn people.
“City authorities face complex and challenging choices concerning infrastructure, balancing the need to maintain existing services while investing in improvements, managing population growth and enhancing sustainability – all within tight budget constraints,” stated Jacques Letzelter, Segment Manager of Philips Lighting.
“New technologies can already transform the way cities deliver, operate and maintain public amenities, from lighting and transportation to connectivity and health services.”
“Often, however, adoption is slowed by the division of work and the selection of technology that doesn’t easily work together or integrate with other city services.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.