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The power of Algae – innovative building facade

Posted in Models by Jessica Bird on April 18th, 2013

Source: DesignBuild Source

Image from Arup

From the Arup media release “World first bio-reactive façade debuts in Hamburg

The BIQ [Bio Intelligence Quotient] house will become the world’s first pilot project to showcase a bioreactive façade […] With 200m² of integrated photo-bioreactors, this passive-energy house generates biomass and heat as renewable energy resources. At the same time, the system integrates additional functionality such as dynamic shading, thermal insulation and noise abatement, highlighting the full potential of this technology.

The microalgae used in the façades are cultivated in flat panel glass bioreactors measuring 2.5m x 0.7m. In total, 129 bioreactors have been installed on the south west and south east faces of the four-storey residential building. The heart of the system is the fully automated energy management centre where solar thermal heat and algae are harvested in a closed loop to be stored and used to generate hot water. […]

“Using bio-chemical processes in the façade of a building to create shade and energy is a really innovative concept. It might well become a sustainable solution for energy production in urban areas, so it is great to see it being tested in a real-life scenario.” — Jan Wurm, Arup’s Europe Research Leader

The system will be officially presented to the media on 25 April 2013 when the biofaçade system goes into operation for the first time.

>>> You can read the original media release on the Arup Website.
>>> You can see more images of the building and read more about it on

Seeking Papers in Energy Policy for Low Carbon Communities

Posted in Research by fedwards on August 27th, 2008

Call for Papers in Energy Policy
Special Issue: Low Carbon Communities
Guest Editors: Yacob Mulugetta, Tim Jackson, and Dan van der Horst

We welcome a range of different contributions to the theme ‘low carbon communities’, including for example the following:
• The role of planning in facilitating (or impeding) community owned energy services
• Low carbon housing initiatives
• Co-operative energy programmes
• Technologies and communities
• Partnership approaches and the role of the private sector
• Social enterprises and their place in communities
• Low carbon outcomes through communities of place
• Achieving low carbon outcomes through community of interest
• Values and outcomes associated with a low carbon community
• Accounting for direct and indirect energy in community-based initiatives
• Participation, ownership and responsibility
• Social cohesion through low carbon community schemes
• Institutions for community-based initiatives: divergent experiences
• Community networks and their value for decarbonisation
• Food miles, diet and health in communities
• Low carbon travelling initiatives (work and leisure)
• Legislation, policy and governance to encourage distributed energy
• Community action: cycling, car sharing schemes
• Economic incentives and market mechanisms for collective action
• Social innovation and social ownership
• Localisation and carbon reduction
• Co-production and co-use arrangements
• The cost of decentralisation and centralisation
• Urban municipal cases

We welcome contributions from practitioners, researchers and scholars – and we are happy to provide feedback or guidance on abstracts or draft documents. We particularly invite submissions that use a comparative analytic framework and use empirical evidence to address theoretical questions. Full papers will be 6000 to 8000 words in length. We are looking for about 12 papers.
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