Dataphysicalization "The Key to the future" - Spatial Mapping of Sustainable Energy Production


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The Project

Understanding climate change is not just about the rise of CO2 Emissions but also mitigation. To explain the underlying mechanisms, we investigate novel concepts to enhance the understanding of those. One example is the key of the future.
The key, which has a physical and a blockchain component, is composed of several cubes: each cube represents a municipality in Limburg. The size represents the amount of renewable energy per inhabitant in the present, and a small orange cube inside indicates the amount ten years ago. In this period, the share of renewable energy has grown by almost 700%, and it was initially so small that it could hardly be represented with an orange cube.

The object is thus a data-driven symbol that we should not see the world as it was, but how much more beautiful and sustainable it can become.

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The Key to the Future – Mapping Sustainably Energy Production
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