Futuristic solar-powered technology park planned for Dubai
Public charging docks for electronic devices. Street lights triggered by motion sensors. Remote controls that adjust lighting, air conditioning, windows and curtains. A technology park planned for Dubai would showcase all this and more, according to the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.
Silicon Park, as it is to be called, would rely heavily on solar power. Green roof designs would use vegetation to insulate buildings from sunshine to keep them cooler and freshen the air. The only vehicles permitted would be electric ones. The $300 million tech park, to be located in a free-trade zone, is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Silicon Park dovetails with Dubai’s broader strategy to become a “smart city.” That strategy calls for electric vehicle charging stations and “smart meters” that gauge water and power consumption, the Smart Cities Council reports here. It also emphasizes apps that steer drivers to parking spots and free Wi-Fi.