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Considering "Eneropa"

Rem Koolhaas and his practice have released a vision of Europe 50 years from now, connected by an extensive smart grid and utilizing solar, wind and other green technologies to power the continent.

The plan was commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, and imagines an 80% reduction of carbon emissions by 2050.

Rowan Moore writes, "The proposal's starting point is the fact that renewable energy sources such as wind and sunshine are erratic and unreliable, which means they have to be supported by other forms of power. But they are also available in different quantities in different places – wind is abundant in Britain, sun in Spain – and in different seasons. The big idea is to create a power network across the continent linking all these sources, which could then compensate for each other."

Full Story: Roadmap 2050 by Rem Koolhaas's OMA

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