The building, feeding algae energy

Architects Splitterwerk and engineering firm Arup published the draft of the first building in the world (Biq) which will receive a partial power from algae.

The official "disclosure" was held in Hamburg at the International Building Exhibition. Design, called BIQ, a "bio-adaptive" facade that will be first to use algae in glass panels for energy and giving shade.

This year's exhibition showed double-fronted BIQ in the south-east and south-west sides of the building. In the glass panels are tiny "micro-algae", most no more bacteria are continuously circulated with liquid nutrients and carbon dioxide. With the help of sunlight and photosynthesis takes place algae grow until it can be collected. Then, they are separated from the remaining seaweed and transmitting energy in the bioreactor BIQ Thick pulp where the biogas is released, which can be used for heating water.

The project team Arup confirms how well suited for the production of the algae biofuels. Algae produces up to five times more biomass terrestrial plants per unit area and contain many oils that can be used for other purposes. The energy generated by algae, is used for heating the building of 15 apartments.

The result is an efficient solution that uses live algae as an intermediate material as a renewable energy source. They also believe that their experiments will partly solve the problem of carbon dioxide. Arup has recently introduced the concept of a skyscraper in 2050, where algae are used as an energy source.

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