Australian Sustainable Living


Sustainable Living Centres /"Smart" Estates interacting by year 2020 in The Greater West of Sydney Australia. The corresponding report has been issued throughout the state of NSW and to the NSW state government to reflect the actual futuristic framework that should be adopted. Such smart estates are expected to expand to year 2020 where the boundaries will expand and overlap to create the picture above.

Further to this is the an important concept that allows the population in NSW to expand inward and westward, contrary perhaps to current models which place people nicely in urban precincts in the future.I think that is too simplistic and does not "mesh" with what is happening in the world today, and what will be happening in the world by year 2020.Greenhouse emission control, decentralised power and water for future housing and industry, and energy security will see NSW and indeed Australia harness for the very first time its large natural advantages.

Stakeholders within Sustainable Living Centres (SLCs) would drive the systems.Solar energy concentrator systems( SCS) would be decentralised as well and they would harvest large amounts of solar energy. Solar energy harvested would be stored in chemical form (solar-chemical) and returned at night and as well to offset peak power demand.There would be wind generation as well where applicable and other renewable sources utilised like biomass varieties. Large SCSs would supply mainland NSW but as well be a relied backup source of electricity for the decentralised estates.

Urban transporation to year 2020 would see fuel cell powered vehicles but many hybrid vehicles and as well numerous blended fuel vehicles like HCNG (hydrogen 20% & natural gas 80%) would be present as well. Year 2020 and beyond will see the hydrogen economy in a predominant position generally speaking. Apart from solar farming and water farming, solar thermal hydrogen fuel generation will be viable as a business. Numerous other allied and related business will accompany the hydrogen and fuel cell economies.

It would be wise for planners to facilitate this model by feasibility studies to determine the actual requirements to slowly begin and to determine timelines.I personally think it is ultimately in Australia's interests to have systems moving overtime which harness its enormous natural advantages of sunlight and landmass. 

Stephen Zorbas -2003-last update 2008