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Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope
Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 23, 2012 @ 9:39 am In Architecture,Design,Environment,is it green,Renewable Energy,Urban design | 1 Comment
The designers behind Ski Dubai’s artificial ski slope , Snow World  and B01 Arquitectos , have teamed up to improve on their original design with the world’s very first carbon-neutral  indoor ski slope in Barcelona. If approved by Barcelona’s City Council, this new Snow World will be a component of the Zona Franca redevelopment project, which aims to transform a neglected industrial complex into a thriving residential area. Both the ski dome and housing area will be powered with renewable energy , while the extreme cooling necessary to maintain an artificial ski slope in a warm country will be achieved by harvesting the byproduct of converting liquefied natural gas back into its gaseous form.
The 39,000 square meter dome will house a ski slope and an ice skating rink and will be powered by 3 different plants that derive energy from methanisation, solar power , and plant waste. The adjoining residential homes will be powered in the same way. The Snow World ski project in Dubai produces a whopping 30,000 tonnes of snow a day, which requires considerable energy to stay cold. Rather than using standard air-conditioning, Snow World Barcelona will harvest the cool energy that is the byproduct of heating liquefied natural gas  in order to convert it into a gaseous state.
As Treehugger points out , it’s unclear whether that cool energy could be used for a more appropriate purpose than a ski facility along the Mediterranean Sea  – just 2 hours from the nearest outdoor ski slopes – and the Barcelona municipality has not placed this project on their list of priorities, but it does seem to have the potential to enliven a dilapidated area of one of Spain’s most vibrant cities.
Via Treehugger 
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URLs in this post:
 Ski Dubai’s artificial ski slope: http://www.skidubai.com/ski-dubai/photos/
 Snow World: http://www.snowworld.com/
 B01 Arquitectos: http://www.b01arquitectes.com/eng/intentions/industrialization
 carbon-neutral: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_neutrality
 renewable energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy
 solar power: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power
 liquefied natural gas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquefied_natural_gas
 Treehugger points out: http://www.treehugger.com/infrastructure/barcelona-build-carbon-neutral-indoor-ski-hill-2015.html
 Mediterranean Sea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_Sea
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