Creation of green city

Portugal
Post Date: October 2010

Portugal
Creation of green city
An investment that is expected to be in the region of at least 10 billion euros is set to result in the world's first environmentally sustainable city. The planned city PlanIT Valley is to built on a 1,700 hectare site at Paredes, near Porto, and will become the world's "first urban scale collaboratory". The city will be based on a nervous system, and will be heavily reliant on a brain which in effect is a central computer that will regulate all facets of running a city such as water, energy and waste. The project will be entirely funded by private equity.
One of the main reasons for selecting this site was the Portuguese government policy and action in general towards renewable energies and innovative solutions.
Cities lie at the core of the world's environmental crisis - they occupy two
percent of the earth's surface, but consume 75% of its resources.
Software used to design cars and aircraft is being used to create the architectural plans while buildings are being pre-fabricated so that construction begins at the end of 2010n it should be cheaper and quicker.
The hexagonal shape of the building was chosen to make the most efficient use of the space.
The city will be heavily dependent on sensors that will use weather forecasts to predict cloudy conditions and that in turn will regulate the efficient use of solar panels.
An urban data centre will process all the information gathered by the system's sensors - around 5 petabytes each day. To prevent any technical problem with the data centre, each building/house will also have sufficient computing power to function independently.