First building in the world, working on algae

British engineering company Agir offered a very original version of how it would be possible to use the photosynthesis in order to provide energy to a residential home. The first such building that receives electricity from algae, called BIQ house, opened in Hamburg

BIQ house

Wind turbines (wind farms) and solar panels in the last few years has become a serious and important on a global scale, alternative sources of electrical energy.

However, not only they limited the global market for alternative sources of energy, so the best minds in the world are constantly working in the search of something new and come up with new and new variants of how humanity can get "green" and therefore safe electricity, extracting it from natural renewable energy sources

Safe electricity

Just as one such promising source of renewable energy and became photosynthesis. Scientists figured out how it was possible this natural process not only be used directly for the production of oxygen as do plants, but  and to generate electricity.

The world's first building that will be able to get some of the energy from the photosynthesis process, which in consequence will be spent on meeting the internal needs of the building, was recently opened in the German city of Hamburg. In this case, it is about a five-storey block of flats called BIQ House, which was built in collaboration design Studio Splitterwerk Architects engineering company Arup.

Splitterwerk Architects

The company Splitterwerk Аrсhitесts is responsible in this project for the architectural component, and the company Arup, oversees the implementation of innovative alternative energy sources. Thus, in particular, the British engineers and belongs to the idea of installing on the building of the bio-adaptive facade, which is a small bio-reactor intended for the production of electricity.


To achieve the desired result, the developers have placed on the facade of the bio-reactive louvers, which are algae. The design of shutters allows the algae to grow, and the installed bio-reactors collect heat energy generated by the algae for further conversion into electricity feeding the building. In addition, the shutters provide shade and pretty design of the facade.

Green microalgae, which are used in the making of this bio-facade, contribute not only to the darkening interior of BIQ House during the Sunny days, but also act as insulation, helping this unusual bio-adaptive facade to convert it into electrical energy.

Bio-adaptive facade

The presented idea attracts the attention of a certain eccentricity, however, also raises many questions about its effectiveness, because the proportion of electricity obtained in this manner, as a percentage of the total electricity consumption of the building, as well as the cost of the bio-facade is quite small, from standard power sources to give will not succeed.

Yet there is no official information as to what will be the price of this bio-adaptive facade, as well as what percentage of the building used electricity, such as bio-facade is able to generate.

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