Today we are still largely dependent on oil in the west, and this is a big problem for several reasons. One of the reasons is that we will need more and more oil, to keep up with the rate of consumption. The so called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are some of the largest countries in the world both geographically and in terms of population. They‟re developing fast, and as their standard of living improves, they will need increasing amounts of oil. At the same time, the world is running low on easily accessible oil fields, which means less oil will be extracted. This will result in ever increasing prices on oil, and eventually we will run out of accessible oil. Also there are the environmental problems. The huge quantities of CO2 emissions the human kind has caused over the last couple of centuries are beginning to have an effect on the world. The average temperature of the Earth is increasing, and climate changes have been observed worldwide. The icecaps are melting, and more frequent occurrences of extreme weather events including heat waves, droughts and heavy rainfall events, are likely effects of global warming. Because of these issues the Danish government has decided, that Denmark must no longer be dependent on fossil fuels by the year 2050. To achieve this goal, many changes need to be made to the way our society works. New technologies are being developed, that helps in the effort towards a society without oil and coal based production. One of these technologies is the so called „active houses‟. An active house is a house that produces electricity on its own. In fact it should produce more power than it uses, so the excess electricity subsequently can be sold, and thereby the owner will be making money on his house. The house itself will be more expensive to build than a regular house, especially now since the technology is new and is still being improved, however the money you save on your electricity bill, will eventually make the investment worthwhile. At the same time the production of electricity will be based on sustainable technology such as windmills and solar cells, which will reduce our CO2 emission, and can play an important role in making us independent of oil. In this project we have chosen to focus on active houses, what role they will have in Denmark‟s future power supply, and if there is an interest in these houses at all.
|Educations||Basic - Bachelor Study Program in Humanistisk-Technology, (Bachelor Programme) Basic|
|Publication date||22 Jun 2011|
- Active housing