Urban technologies already exist – but we are reinventing them
What happens when you get up in the morning? You might switch the light on, go to the bathroom, and then make a pot of coffee. So you have been using urban technologies even before you have had time to say “Good morning”. And taking out the waste or commuting to work involves yet more technology sectors.
Every day we are dealing with energy, mobility, water, and recycling. But it is also clear that the morning rush-hour wastes time and energy, the commuter rail system is from last century, oil-fired central heating is an anachronism, and nuclear power is not an option. We need new solutions that are sustainable, efficient and intelligently linked. It is time to begin working towards the city of the future.
WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE CITY OF THE FUTURE WILL LOOK LIKE YET.
BUT WE KNOW WHERE IT WILL COME FROM.
At Berlin TXL, not only are specialists brought together, but entire areas are connected as well. This allows them to work together more efficiently. The city of the future will be comprised of four main areas: energy, mobility, water, and recycling.
These main areas will overlap with two ancillary areas that will benefit everyone: new materials and intelligent information and communication technologies (ICT). To ensure that new materials enable new products. To ensure that intelligent technology drives new systems. To ensure that every idea is implemented perfectly, right down to the smallest detail. Right from the start.
Will we get our energy from another star in the future? No, we will continue to get it from our sun.
The world needs new energy. Positive energy. Renewable energy. To put it bluntly: burning coal to make energy is pretty old-fashioned.And nuclear energy is not the answer either. To change things, we need more than good will: we need technological expertise. Berlin TXL is a unique location for developing and testing the energy systems of tomorrow.
Here, companies, universities, and innovative founders are working together to structure the future of energy. In doing so, there are of course far more opportunities for renewable energy than the sun. There is hardly a better place for this research than Berlin. The city is home to federal research institutions and the government. Energiewende, the German energy transition, and its respective policy is not only decided here; it is made here.
Will UFOs land at Tegel? No, but they may well take of from here.
Is a UFO actually a car? Or a motor vehicle of some sort? Could it be used for local public transportation? We shall see. Until we have more details, the official traffic regulations apply at Berlin TXL.But not on the testing ground. New mobility ideas are being developed and tested here.
And for good reason: in 2011, 7.2 billion liters of gasoline were wasted during traffic jams in the United States. So it is about time something is done. Berlin is the capital of e-mobility. The largest local public transportation market in Europe is right around the corner. These are very helpful conditions. For the mobility concepts of tomorrow.
People are 70% water. We are doing something for people.
It is said that water is the oil of the 21st century. And Berlin has lots of it. And of the highest quality. Nearly a billion people in the world have absolutely no access to clean drinking water. How can water be distributed efficiently? What is the best infrastructure for water supply lines? Can affordable freshwater be made from saltwater?
It is a good thing you do not have to answer those questions on your own. Berlin is home to the largest water supplier in Germany. So we have expertise when it comes to the topic of water. By the way, did you drink enough water today?
It is good that we can make plastic from oil. What about the other way round?
Trash brings about innovation. Especially when there is too much of it. Where to put it all? This is a question now faced around the world. It is no wonder with ever shrinking resources and increasing waste-disposal costs.
That is why new recycling concepts are being developed and tested at Berlin TXL. This works best when people work together. Like leading research institutions and Germany’s largest waste companies, for example. And they are where the most trash is created: in the capital.
Materials & ICT
Will there really be an intelligent city in the future? If we wait a few years, then we can ask it ourselves.
In the future, the world’s most innovative information and communication technol- ogies (ICT) will come from Berlin TXL. From energy-management apps and smart grids to systems that optimize the flow of traffic. Above all, these technologies involve intelligent controls. These controls can be applied to any area. They not only make everything more efficient and more environmentally friendly but also make things more convenient.
But the question of materials is just as important: What materials will be used to make the technologies of the future? That is why Berlin TXL has its own area for the de- velopment and testing of new materials. Depending on the application, these materials are extremely light, highly durable, and intelligent. ICT and new materials are like software and hardware. The good thing about them is that they can be used in all areas. Perfect for the city of the future. They are not only intelligent but also well built.
Future technology is always a future market. And that is no pipe dream.
It is good to know today what will be important tomorrow. Take urban technologies, for example. It is a growing market. Increasing globalization, a lack of resources, and, above all, a high level of urbanization are foreseeable. So it is clear that new solutions and new technologies are needed for the cities of tomorrow. It is a business area that is estimated to have a market volume of 5.4 trillion euros in 2025. So a lot is going to happen. We can look forward to a better future. And earn a good return as a stakeholder as well.
From Berlin TXL, it is particularly was to reach one destination: the global market.
Urban technologies are not just in demand here; they are in demand around the world. What is interesting for Berlin may be very interesting for Shanghai. Or for Singapore, Mumbai, or Dubai. The list is long. The expertise at Berlin TXL may find its way into these cities. Or even better: high tech.
And the reverse is true as well. Why not import new technologies from India? The exchange is the crucial part. Now is the right time to be positioned in a global market. And Berlin TXL is the right place to do this.