Solved goes to USA – exploring smart cities in California
California – famous of its environmentally conscious people
Smart city development, new work and cleantech are hot topics in the United States. Therefore exploring local cleantech scene has been on Solved’s agenda within past couple of years.
Solved VP Santtu Hulkkonen recently traveled to San Diego, CA to get introduced with the local cleantech ecosystem and to meet Solved experts such as Aaron Fyke, Ronald Newman, Gil Friend, Ravi Mikkelsen and Antti Säynäjoki in the area. California is famous of its environmentally conscious people and ambitious sustainability targets and therefore it is definitely right and fun place to visit.
California is a pioneer in renewable energy in USA
Biomass-to-Energy in Southern California
California has one of the most progressive renewable energy targets in the world. Biomass as a renewable energy resource has not reached its full potential to contribute to California´s energy needs. Our plan is to engage selected municipalities and other public and private enterprises in Southern California to plan and implement more effective biomass resource utilisation.
- Pre-feasibility: Waste-to-energy needs and biomass availability in Southern California
- Engagement of selected municipalities for collaboration
- Preliminary concept design to localize and adapt Scandinavian best practices in Biomass-to-Energy.
- Roadmap for effective biomass utilisation for energy production in selected municipalities.
Solutions to cut LA Metro´s water use by 20 percent. Solved has recently finished a project in San Diego
The Californian state has issued mandatory cutbacks in urban water for Los Angeles County transportation agency to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017. LA Metro is currently implementing various water conservation and efficiency activities as part of its Water Action Plan. Primary objectives are related to water usage data, identification of reasonable water conservation strategies and economic implications of the strategies. Measures should be considered from planning, procurement, design, construction, operations, and maintenance perspectives.
LA Metro is seeking new ideas and concrete solutions for water conversation and efficiency (water use, irrigation, washing, water re-circulation etc.), which can be replicated system-wide. Special emphasize is given for solutions and practices to stimulate behavioral change of how people – both employees and customers of LA Metro – use water. There clearly is a high demand in circular economy and biomass to energy type of solutions, which of course offers huge opportunities for Solved experts as well.