When producing biofuel is the need of hour, most researchers look forward towards humble algae to do the job, and rightly so as algae not only produce biofuel but can also clean up surrounding air by consuming CO2 from it. A team of architects involving Splitterwerk Architects, Colt International, Arup and SSC have now come together to test the performance of algae to produce renewable energy and also provide shade to a zero-energy house, they call the BIQ House.
The sustainable building, which is currently under construction in Germany, will test the features of a unique “bio-adaptive façade”, which makes use of microalgae to produce energy. The façade employs a bio-reactor that allows the algae to grow faster in sunlight to produce more shade. The bio-reactor also captures solar thermal heat and biomass that can be used to power the building.
The innovative façade not only produces renewable energy but also shades the interior space from direct sunlight, thereby reducing the amount of energy required to regulate interior temperature. Also the façade gives the building an interesting look that both the passersby and the building owners will like.