Siemens Power matrix is an exciting, online game that helps understand the mechanisms that contribute to building sustainable energy reserves for a city. The game uses a fun format to inform its users of the deficit of non-renewable energy resources in cities brought about by rapid urbanization and development.
Research indicates that cities consume about three-quarters of the world’s fossil fuel reserves. Illumination of homes and commercial buildings, transportation and industry are some of the largest users of energy reserves.
The pattern of consumption for each need is found to vary with the average levels of wealth and degree of development. In the wealthier, industrialized cities of the world: Tokyo, Bologna, Greater London & Seoul, lighting residential & commercial buildings were found to expend the largest chunk of energy, followed by transportation & industry. In middle-income cities of the world like Mexico, Hong Kong and Cape Town, transportation followed by illumination of buildings made the maximum demand on energy reserves. In cities of the developing world, industries made for the most demanding consumers.
Another New-Age development that has been fast tapping into energy reserves are the internet & other wireless communication systems – these rely largely on hardware that draw power from non-renewable sources of energy.
Siemens Power Matrix is created to help you understand the functioning of modern energy systems by creating a digital city whose energy reserves you, as the user or participant in the game, regulate. As a user, you are asked to create an energy mix that sustains your digital city; if you generate the maximum amount of energy at the lowest level of utilization of the city’s resources, you stand a chance to win the game.
So gear up and try your hand at this exciting, new game – do your bit to build sustainable cities. Visit: http://www.powermatrixgame.com/en/index.html