Looking for solutions to global warming: A unique climate initiative in cooperation with Tel Aviv University is currently taking place in the Kfar Saba municipality, with the goal of expanding the initiative to other cities if it succeeds. This is a new facility that will combat the phenomenon of heat islands caused by cities in Israel and around the world.
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Urban heat island is a climatic phenomenon in which a city influences the climate and causes a significant difference between the climate of the city and the climate of the open space around it. The climate differences between the city and its surroundings are caused by the differences between the building materials that build the city and the materials that make up the open spaces around the city, the topographical structure of the city, sources of heat production in the city, the urban precipitation disposal system, and air pollution in the city.
Now, in order to combat the phenomenon, a unique solar pergola has been built in the city, which uses the energy it stores sprinklers (a system of water sprinklers), whose purpose is to spread clouds of water vapor that will cool the area around it. The system was installed in the Yitzhak Weld Municipal Park, with the pergola based on BIPV's technology to create the water mists, with the Italian company SIT also participating in the project.
Unique solar pergola. The ceremony in Beer Sheva, photo: Kfar Saba Municipality
After completion of the pilot, together with the Sustainability and Innovation Division and Tel Aviv University and the developer, the deployment of solar pergolas at the city's bus stations will be examined, in order to promote the world's first project in additional locations throughout the city - for a pleasant, successful and green stay in the public space.
In addition, if the project succeeds, the information collected in it will be transferred to the cities of Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Eilat and more, in order to share the results of the project and enrich other cities with the knowledge acquired in preparation for the construction of similar facilities in them. The city of Kfar Saba was chosen about a year ago to represent the local government center and the State of Israel at the global climate conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Global warming (illustrative), photo: GettyImages
"This is a unique solution," explains Tammy Katzburg-Nebenzel, director of the municipality's sustainability and innovation department. "This is a solution designed to reduce the urban heat island effect by means of the solar pergola, which exists itself and provides electricity to create the water mists. We are constantly thinking about innovative solutions to deal with the global climate crisis, and we will continue to advance projects of this kind."
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