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From Apollo 13 to the Digital Building Twins

From Apollo 13 to the Digital Building Twins

"Houston, we`ve had a problem" This phrase, which is now part of history and sounds familiar to most of us, even if we belong to a different generation, was used by the astronauts on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft after an oxygen tank on board explosion. This happened...

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House and moon

House and moon

It is common knowledge that the moon goes through phases depending on its relative position between the earth and the sun. Thanks to that nights can be a showcase for looking to the starry skies or the perfect environment so that lycanthropes can take on vampires. In...

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Will we gave out of the cave?

Will we gave out of the cave?

Caves were our first home but, have we stopped to think about how our ancestors felt in the cold mornings of winter? And in hot summer days? We may be surprised... Humanity had had multiple and different homes. From the tipis of the american indians to the skyscrapers...

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Climate change, a reality we have to face

Climate change, a reality we have to face

Climate change is an increasingly visible reality on our planet, affecting millions of people around the world. These changes in climate are clearly recognizable by the increase in temperatures, the decrease in water resources, the sea level rise or the increasingly...

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Consumer energy flexibility

Consumer energy flexibility

There are two things that have nothing to do with each other but that in real, they have to: the perplexity of a roe deer in the foothills of the Torozos hills when she founds a fence surrounding a photovoltaic park and that the 64%1 of the Spanish people do not know...

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How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

When we hear energy efficiency, we always think in improving productive process in facories where we work, in the means of transport we use to move... but never in daily chores in our home. Actions as common as choosing an appliance or the cooking way, establish the...

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Blockchain for a better planet

Blockchain for a better planet

Blockchain technology has been explained in a previous entry of this Blog, and another entry about Blockchain and the electric market customers is also available. This new entry is again focused on this technology but, in this case, it will be focused on all the...

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From consumer to prosumer

From consumer to prosumer

Most users have been consuming electricity in the same way our entire lives. We simply know that we can plug in the electrical device wqe want at any time, and that, in return, at the end of the month, we get a bill (for many, more difficult to understand than an...

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From natural gas to biogas and biomethane

From natural gas to biogas and biomethane

In the arduous path towards sustainable development, research to obtain alternative fuels to fossils is presented as a key point. In this framework, two interesting actors have emerged to stay: biogas and biomethane. Before going into the subject, let's dig a bit into...

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Welcome, self-supply!

Welcome, self-supply!

Undoubtedly, the electric sector in Spain has evolved during the past years, especially with regard to self-supply aspects. Time has elapsed since 2004, when the premium regime for the renewable energies was established. Gone are the first regulations about...

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The beginning of Valladolid as Smart City

The beginning of Valladolid as Smart City

R2CITIES, the Smart City project with which our city began the road towards efficiency and sustainability, has come to an end. Five years of project, and some more until it materialized, have been necessary to design, implement and evaluate the energy rehabilitation...

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What to think to invest in infrastructures?

What to think to invest in infrastructures?

It is weekend. Dinner with friends at home and the dishwasher is damaged. After washing the dishes by hand, I set out a question: ‘what do you value most when buying a dishwasher? This is one of the situations where it is clear that the dishwasher exists because there...

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How do we achieve a smart and sustainable city?

How do we achieve a smart and sustainable city?

For some years, we have been listening to talking about smart cities, more sustainable environments… but, in some cases we do not know what kind of strategies could do our city to turn into one of them. When we refer to Smart City, we talk about cities concerned with...

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Plastic planet

Plastic planet

Oceans have become plastic soups and garbage patch, where 8 millions of tonnes of plastic are discharged every year and consequently remains floating in the seas, moreover tonnes of this material are accumulated in dumps. Plastic gets to forests, rivers and are found...

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Does my car pollute?

Does my car pollute?

Anti-pollution measures, speed limits, parking restrictions, even the grey sky colour, and very, very alarming data. These are the consequences of the circulation of our cars in big cities. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), more than 13% of the...

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Strategic urban planning

Strategic urban planning

According to the United Nations, in 2014 more than half of the world’s population was living in urban areas and two third of the world’s population will be living in an urban area by 2050 being Europe the most urbanized continent (URBACT, 2015). The forecast for 2050...

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Are we ready for electric self-consumption?

Are we ready for electric self-consumption?

That the self-consumption is a real option and that is going to grow little by little is evident. But are we really prepared? The next few lines describe some steps to establish it in our homes. In the subject of self-consumption there is a concept that we must never...

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Extracting the juice from energy

Extracting the juice from energy

'Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another'. This is the most commonly known formulation of the First Principle of Thermodynamics. However, we often forget that energy is degraded to a greater or lesser extent when it...

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Transforming our cities

Transforming our cities

One of the most important challenges that our society must face is how to transform our cities into more accessible, sustainable and efficient places. Our cities are, at this moment, in the very initial stages of this transformation, trying to get adapted to the new...

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Where do R&D projects come from?

Where do R&D projects come from?

Have you ever wondered how a R&D project arises? How is it possible, for example, to be able to apply a photocatalytic treatment in the heart of a big city like Madrid? Ensuring respect of the environment through R&D requires a detailed plan of action, which...

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Energy renovation in residential buildings

Energy renovation in residential buildings

In the European Commission, there is a clear interest in improving the energy and environmental conditions of the building sector, and to reduce the impact of this sector in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. That interest is materialized in funding...

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Solar cooling & Tao. The sustainable cold way

Solar cooling & Tao. The sustainable cold way

The Taoist philosophy defines through the Ying and Yang duality, that has everything that exists in the universe, so that there are always two antagonistic and complementary forces that need each other. You can hardly appreciate the value of the Peace without the...

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How to get citizens with energy-consciousness ?

How to get citizens with energy-consciousness ?

'Or from how to cultivate the energy consciousness of the tomorrow’s citizens through the education of today’s children' Working in a technological centre where is made R & D & i is far from being the case of living in a futuristic bubble far away from the...

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