Urban Energy Transition

Urban Energy Transition

Renewable Strategies for Cities and Regions

2nd Edition - August 12, 2018

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  • Editor: Peter Droege
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020746
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020753

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 706
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: August 12, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020746
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020753

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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  • François C. Fri Sep 07 2018

    An excellent and timely resource for practice, policy, teaching and research

    This a fresh and sweeping, rigorously scientific and yet extraordinarily applied and practical look at a rising global phenomenon: renewable energy for cities and regions. Beautifully illustrated in full colour, this instills great optimism for this rapidly urbanizing planet, still all too dependent of fossil fuel, and therefore precariously slipping towards climate calamity. Each of the meticulously selected papers, almost three dozen of them, offers an important insight into a crucial domain-but it is equally interesting and useful to have at hand a veritable library, a comprehensive handbook sstructured into four fascinating areas: finance, governance, technology and design.