It will be 52 square kilometres across and big enough to house 35,000 people. But a brand new city set to be built in the middle of the New Mexico desert is going to be pretty quiet: no one’s going to live there.
Instead the $200 million facility – known as the Center – is to be used as a test-bed to let firms try out their renewable energy technologies, intelligent traffic networks or smart grid systems,according to the Associated Press. It will have roads, office blocks and residential areas just like any real city. Just no people.
Technology firm Pegasus Global Holdings, based in Washington DC, announced the scheme today and claim the city will let scientists test out green technologies in a realistic setting.
The firm’s CEO Bob Brumley told the AP: “The idea for the Center was born out of our own company’s challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment.”
“The Center will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction.”