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Urban Energy Transition - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780081020746, 9780081020753

Urban Energy Transition

2nd Edition

Renewable Strategies for Cities and Regions

Editor: Peter Droege
Paperback ISBN: 9780081020746
eBook ISBN: 9780081020753
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 12th August 2018
Page Count: 706
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Urban Energy Transition, second edition, is the definitive science and practice-based compendium of energy transformations in the global urban system. This volume is a timely and rich resource for all, as citizens, companies and their communities, from remote villages to megacities and metropolitan regions, rapidly move away from fossil fuel and nuclear power, to renewable energy as civic infrastructure investment, source of revenue and prosperity, and existential resilience strategy.

Key Features

  • Covers technical, financial, systems, urban planning and design, landscape, mapping and modelling, and sociological issues related to urban renewable energy transformations
  • Presents city-wide renewable energy strategies and urban thermal performance planning, sector coupling, and smart distributed renewable energy and storage systems
  • Examines individual and mass transport systems in the contexts of urban mobility trends and energy innovations
  • Explains successful innovations in solar bond finance, blockchain technology enabled peer-to-peer renewable energy trading systems, and the case for renewable energy based regional monetary systems
  • Features foci on societal, community and user enabling aspects such as energy justice, prosperity and democracy, and urban renewable energy legislation, programs and incentives
  • Includes analytic case insights into successful practices from around the globe that provide local, regional and country-specific governance and organizational perspectives


Urban energy managers and urban planners; policy makers, practitioners and researchers in urban sustainability; scholars, teachers and students

Table of Contents

Introduction and overview:

The Great Transformation: Cities and Regions Embracing Renewable Energy
Peter Droege

1.1 The Renewable Cities Revolution
Peter Newman
1.2 Utilizing the Urban Fabric as the Solar Power Plant of the Future
John Byrne, Job Taminiau
1.3 Sustainable Neighborhood Design in Tropical Climates
Federico M. Butera
1.4 Solar for Gaza: An Energetic Framework for Renewable Peace and Prosperity for Gaza and Its Greater Region
Peter Droege, Sherman Teichman, Cody Valdes
1.5 The 100% Renewable Energy Metropolis: Governing the Design of Cities for Renewable Energy Infrastructures
Anis Radzi
1.6 Renewable Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, Germany: Using the International Building Exhibition to Fight Climate Change
Uli Hellweg
1.7 Buildings as Renewable Power Plants: Active Houses for the Electric City
Werner Sobek
1.8 Space, Place, and Energy: Perspectives on the Energetic Design of Cities and Regions
Sören Schöbel
1.9 The Electric Highway: Intelligent Infrastructures for Kinetic Cities
Deborah Ascher Barnstone, Robert V. Barnstone

2.1 Reducing Passenger Transport Energy Use in Cities: A Comparative Perspective on Private and Public Transport Energy Use in American, Canadian, Australian, European and Asian Cities
Jeffrey R. Kenworthy
2.2 Transport and Mobility Trends in Beijing and Shanghai: Implications for Urban Passenger Transport Energy Transitions Worldwide
Yuan Gao, Jeffrey R. Kenworthy, Peter Newman, Weixing Gao
2.3 Urban Energy Storage and Sector Coupling
Ingo Stadler, Michael Sterner
2.4 The Urban Energy Transition: Pathways to Climate Neutrality in Our Cities
Bernd Hirschl
2.5 Thermal City: Comprehensive Guide to the Heating and Cooling of Urban Areas
Wolfram Sparber, Roberto Fedrizzi, Chiara Dispasquale
2.6 Implementing the Heating Sector Transition in Our Cities — Challenges and Problem-Solving Approaches Based on the Example of Municipalities in Germany
Julika Weiß, Elisa Dunkelberg, Bernd Hirschl
2.7 Renewable Malls: Transforming Shopping Centres Into Flexible, Decarbonized Urban Energy Assets
Grazia Barchi, David Moser, Roberto Lollini
2.8 Photovoltaic City: Effective Approaches to Integrated Urban Solar Power
David Moser, Marco Lovati, Laura Maturi
2.9 Wiring the Southeast Asian City: Lessons From Urban Solar Applications in the Philippines
Jessie L. Todoc
2.10 Conceptualizing the Urban Nexus framework for a Circular Economy: Linking Energy, Water, Food, and Waste in Southeast-Asian cities
Steffen Lehmann

3.1 The Untouched Market: Distributed Renewable Energy in Multitenanted Buildings and Communities
Jemma Green, David Martin, Meagan Cojocar
3.2 Canberra—Renewable Energy Leader
Greg Buckman, Dorte Ekelund, Stephen Bygrave, Jon Sibley, Megan Ward
3.3 An Integrative Business Model for Net-Zero Energy Districts
Victor Olgyay, Iain Campbell
3.4 Value-Added and Employment Effects of Renewable Energies and the Energy-Efficiency Refurbishment of Existing Housing—Case Study: Berlin, Germany
Katharina Heinbach, Bernd Hirschl, Steven Salecki
3.5 Multiple Benefits of Smart Urban Energy Transition
Adriano Bisello, Daniele Vettorato
3.6 Renewable Energy: Stabilising Money and Society
Shann Turnbull

4.1 Smart Guidance: Governing the Urban Energy Transition
Jörg Knieling, Katharina Lange
4.2 Reaching 100% Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned from Aspen, Colorado
Joyce McLaren
4.3 Sustainable Energy Transitions in Sub-Saharan African Cities: The Role of Local Government
Simon Bawakyillenuo, Mark Olweny, Megan Anderson, Mark Borchers
4.4 Sustainable Energy Transitions in South African Cities: Reflections on Enablers of Change Over the Past Two Decades
Megan Euston-Brown, Mark Borchers
4.5 Building Regenerative Regions Rapidly: The STAR Energy Model as Regional Planning Tool
Peter Droege, Dieter D. Genske, Ariane Ruff, Matthias Schwarze
4.6 Urban Energy Masterplanning—Approaches, Strategies, and Methods for the Energy Transition in Cities
Andy Van Den Dobbelsteen, Rob Roggema, Nico Tillie, Siebe Broersma, Michiel Fremouw, Craig Lee Martin
4.7 Modeling and Mapping Domestic Energy Refurbishment Measures on a Community Scale
Rajat Gupta, Matt Gregg


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About the Editor

Peter Droege

Peter Droege directs the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, the global advisory and research organization for the rapid transition to regenerative communities, cities, regions and infrastructure. Professor Droege serves also as President of Eurosolar, the European Association for Renewable Energy, and as General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy. A recipient of the European Solar Prize in Education, Peter Droege initiated the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein while holding a Conjoint Professorship at the Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecure and the Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. Professor Droege has authored or edited numerous books, including Intelligent Environments (Elsevier 1997), Urban Energy Transition, 1st Edition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power (Elsevier 2008).

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, President, Eurosolar, European Association of Renewable Energy and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy

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