Live Algae Will Power These Apartments

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Live Algae Will Power These Apartments

Green solar cells are perhaps one of the most exciting forms of new green technology but one of the most revolutionary new pieces of green inventions are a special form of algae structure. While we are always attempting to build homes that are more environmentally friendly it's tough to actually picture a full-sized apartment building that's capable of powering itself.  Live Algae Will Power These Apartments
A new 15 apartment housing complex in Hamburg Germany will actually be the first to use a special live algae structure patented as BIK to power the building. Each of the panels of BIK work to keep algae growing with nutrients, carbon dioxide and water. The 15 apartment housing complex has over 129 of these bioreactors that are self-sustaining. As the algae grows these packs can start to use the power of photosynthesis and biomass to convert the residue that the algae gives off into energy. As well as using this algae system the building will supplement the rest of its power from solar cells as well as use ultra-green building materials to provide better insulation for indoor temperatures. 
Live algae powered aparment building
The best news about the algae panels is that they can also provide internal shade, temperature regulation and more through the seasons. The panels will grow more algae the more sunlight that the building season as a result it can actually turn the panels darker to regulate the light and temperature inside the building. Essentially these panels can be seen as big, green transition lenses that add their own natural tint as residents require them.
With a focus on energy efficiency as well as keeping the entire building self-sustaining with green energy systems the architects behind this new green technology and housing complex may actually be pioneers in the future of how we build urban development projects. 
 
This sustainable urban development project is currently in the early experimentation phases but with some testing and refinement is possible that this could become the most sustainable solution for energy production in an urban environment. With this exciting evolution in mind it's possible that algae powered apartments could be one of the top new technologies for 2015
 

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