Cities are getting bigger: according to a recent study from Oxford Economics, by 2030 the world’s largest 750 cities will see a population increase of 410 million, requiring 260 million new homes and more than 1,770 million square feet of extra office space. City leaders know they must take action to reduce urban sprawl, upgrade infrastructure, maximize the use of natural resources, and—perhaps most important—get much smarter about energy use.
Perhaps they should look to Barcelona for guidance. The city aims to be the world’s leading hyperconnected, zero-emissions metropolis. To do it, Barcelona is depending on a range of cutting-edge technologies, including solar power, sensor networks, smart grids and meters, LED lighting, and electric transportation—all with semiconductors at their core. As a result of these efforts, in March the European Commission named Barcelona Europe’s Capital of Innovation, for its commitment to using new technologies to benefit its citizens. Some examples of current projects include:
Getting smart about energy isn’t just good for the planet, it’s imperative to sustain growth and prosperity for all people. And it can’t happen without semiconductors.