About Mattpurrington

United Kingdom

[edit] Competition Idea: harnessing the energy of gravity

A significant future challenge involving buildings will be energy production on-site. Green energy will be required since fossil fuel use will be outlawed.

Producing electricity on-site would reduce the colossal wasted energy involved in the transportation and storage of electricity. Two ideas for creating energy from the building in situ are:

1. miniature 'cladding wind farms' consisting of photovoltaic panel-sails attached to the external walls, harnessing wind and sun energy.

2. multiple miniature rotor-assemblies (connected to turbines situated on the roof) seated inside rainwater downpipes which utilise the downward flow of rainwater to generate electricity. Think vertical hydroelectric power generation.

Designing Buildings Anywhere

Get the Firefox add-on to access 20,000 definitions direct from any website

Find out more Accept cookies and
don't show me this again