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Potential for energy use of underground urban infraestructures

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  • Construction of engineering

The different systems, and urban subsystems, are not isolated, although today they are managed as such, but integrated into a multidimensional reality where energy flows occur not only within each plane, but between them and in all directions. This integrated reality is an energetic ecosystem, to which we aim to provide balance and sustainability. Once understood this, it is also easy to understand that the mechanisms of rebalancing go through the transfer of the energy resources that are left over in one part of the ecosystem to another part of it where energy is demanded, by the capacity of change of the energy configuration of all the Ecosystem, by the correction of the imbalances and by the symbiotic action between the different systems and subsystems. If we look at the context for opportunities, we see that the two determinants of global development in the coming years are demographic growth and climate change. There is a link between population growth and urbanization in the world in the coming decades, the exponential development of urban areas and the phenomenon of emergence of new megalopolises. The harmonious development of cities is linked to a balance between its density and its complexity. On the other hand, the progressive recovery of urban space for its civic use raises a need to orientate the field of development of the network of infrastructures, services and endowments, towards the underground space. The field of opportunities emerging from integrated management of underground resources includes the use of subsoil Energy resources for energy capture, exchange and storage. Geothermal exchange allows the inertial use of ground and the built mass buildings and infrastructures, for the accumulation of large quantities of thermal energy with low power and moderate temperature bands, is therefore a Means to accumulate the generated thermal energy and often considered residual, by industrial systems and urban infrastructures and to propitiate its reuse with very low costs, and very long life cycle. The accumulation of thermal energy in the field can also be applied to integrated and distributed systems of solar thermal capture, and solar photovoltaic. Our cities have numerous and extensive networks and infrastructure systems that interact with the environment generating, capturing and channeling energy fields of different types. The thermodynamic interaction between the three elements that come into play in this context, the ground, the air and the water, is an inexhaustible source of possibilities for the exchange, the extraction, the injection, the storage and the use of the energy.
CITE 2019. International Conference on Technological Innovation in Building
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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Patología de estructuras, protecciones colectivas y medios auxiliares de edificación.
  • Departamento: Construcciones Arquitectónicas y su Control