World's first algae-powered building switches on
Algae — that squishy, filmy substance you'd rather not have seeping through your boots — just might be running your home in the near future. While algae has already been put to use creating bio-diesel, the newly opened BIQ House is the first building to be powered by the stuff.
The BIQ House is a collaborative installation, created by design firms Splitterwerk, Arup and SSC. An entry in Hamburg's International building exhibition, the BIQ House is a highly adaptive, self-sufficient building that will function as a prototype for future algae construction projects. That high adaptability comes from the way algae grows in nature. When supplied with enough water and CO2, algae growth is highly dependent on the amount of sun it gets — the more sun, the more algae.
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