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Development of urban solar infrastructure to support low-carbon mobility

Joan-Manuel F. Mendoza, Esther Sanyé-Mengual, Sara Angrill, Raúl García-Lozano, Gumersindo Feijoo, Alejandro Josa, Xavier Gabarrell and Joan Rieradevall

Energy Policy, 2015, vol. 85, issue C, 102-114

Abstract: The provision of an adequate network of urban infrastructures is essential to create clean and energy-efficient urban mobility systems. However, the urban infrastructure to support sustainable mobility can produce a substantial environmental burden if no life cycle environmental criteria are applied in its design and management. This paper demonstrates the potential to support energy-efficient and CO2-free pedestrian and electric bike (e-bike) mobility through the ecological design (eco-design) of urban elements. An eco-design approach is applied to reconceptualize a conventional pergola toward an eco-product (solar pergola). The solar pergola generates surplus photovoltaic electricity that provides a multifunctional character. According to the end-use of this energy, different scenarios are analyzed for robust decision-making.

Keywords: Eco-design; Multifunction; Pedestrian mobility; Electric mobility; Green electricity; Smart cities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.05.022

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