I'd like to start off your Monday with a story out of Hamburg, Germany. A new breed of building dubbed Bio Intelligent Quotient building has been built as a residence in Hamburg. The difference between this one and others in the neighborhood? This BIQ building uses micro algae grown in photo-bioreactors attached to the structure's exterior to both produce heat and shade the building. Though the science is not well explained in the video/article, this is an admirable attempt to bridge the gap between the laboratory and the public. There has never been much of a push to integrate algal energy systems on a home level, much of the work has been done to produce fuel for automobiles and jet planes and other large vehicles requiring a substitute from fossil fuels. There is very much a disconnect between the public perception of biofuels and the reality. With a huge portion of the world's energy consumption coming form the home, is there any reason not to consider algae as a viable option for an energy substitute at a residential level? Though the thinking is far from evolved, one could certainly see an implementation of this system utilizing human waste products as nitrogen sources and further reduce our impact on the environment.
Thank you for your time and have a great week,