– Developing a Neighbourhood’s Resilience with 4th Generation Heat Sharing Networks
Introducing Re4 Montreal, a research project looking at 4th generation heat sharing networks in an integrated approach towards sustainable neighbourhoods. The research was inspired by the work of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona for the transformation of cities based on density, complexity, efficiency and stability of the urban fabric. Enhanced resilience combined with the integration of diverse energy and energy storage technologies and the mitigation of heat islands are examples of useful synergies that can be used to create resilient neighbourhoods. The research group uses an ecosystemic and multidisciplinary approach. Along with social and technical concerns, the researchers also look at ethical questions such as, is it acceptable to release heat from cooling systems in the atmosphere while a strong demand in heat energy is required at the same moment? Three professors from three different universities and three different disciplines are collaborating on this project.