TexasGermany ComputerAnimated Walkthrough Solar Decathlon 2015
Addressing issues of urban density and climate change, the Nexushaus is specifically designed to respond to the unique challenges of its location in Austin, Texas. It is designed for maximum flexibility with two living modules. Visitors are welcomed by the allfood landscape, a landscape that converts solar energy to food energy for the residents of the home using only they greywater produced on site and any direct rainfall captured by the shading structure, creating the first waterindependent home in Austin. A home aquaponics system produces healthy vegetables using 90 less water than traditional.
Food production and divides the ramp, bridging the food and water zones The tensile shading structure creates space for outdoor living and collects rainwater, diverting it to an underdeck system that purifies and stores the water for potable indoor use. Entering the day module, we have a combined living, kitchen and dining space with a thick wall on the west, which holds seating and cooking elements. As you enter the nexus, which connects the two modules, sliding doors allow for variations in seasonal living. The space can be closed for privacy and warmth during the winter.
Why Teslas Powerwall Battery Is Amazing
All of humanity just won a really important victory in our battle to lower the CO2 emissions that are causing climate change. Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the world to the Powerwall, a wallmounted battery for your house which aims to accelerate our transition to clean solar and windpower. Before the powerwall, there was no way to store the energy generated from the panels that capture sunlight on our roofs. So during the day they could give you the power you needed, but at night, you had to rely on the grid, which gets most of its.
Electricity from coal, natural gas, and nuclear reactors. There had been some early home batteries out there, but nothing that was nearly this affordable. But Tesla, which has built thousands of large, lithiumion battery packs for its growing electric car business, was able to produce a similar battery for buildings at a scale that dropped the production costs dramatically. The lowest capacity model will cost just $3,000. And this is the first generation of the productbefore Tesla's even completed building its massive new Gigafactory, or any real competitors have entered the market, events that will surely push the price down.
Even further, while increasing the energy storage capacity of the Powerwall. Here's how it works. When the sun is out, solar panels will power your house and charge the Powerwall at the same time. And when the sun goes down, this charged battery will kick in to meet most or all of your electricity needs until the sun comes back up again the next morning. This is gamechanging. More and more people will go completely offgrid. Every building whether it's a home, office, business, warehouse, factory they can all.
Install solar panels and some Powerwalls and instantly see their fossil fuelgenerated electricity needs drop significantly. Not every building will be able to go completely solarpowered, but most will get pretty close, especially as our appliances become more and more energy efficient. And it gets even better. The powerwall will be connected to the Internet and the rest of the energy grid. Here in Southern California, and most other heavily populated places, the electricity company charges us a lot more when we use electricity during peak timethat's in the afternoon and early evening when the temperatures are warmest and most of us are.
Home and still awake. The Tesla battery is smart, and knows when electricity is cheapest, so that's when it will draw from the grid to charge itself. And then, during peak time when you need electricity, the battery will power the house. Sometimes, you'll be able to sell back unused power to the utility company during peak time to even make a profit. It's basically going to make each individual building its own power station. Overnight, Tesla seems less a futuristic car company, and more like the man who inspired the company's name, a revolutionary electricity engineer named Nikola.
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ADAPT was designed for the Chihuahan Desert environment and El Paso's environmentally conscious clientele. Like desert flora and fauna, there are many features of this home that help it adjust to the special challenges of living in our climate, while still catering to the need for that comforting feeling West Texans demand from their homes. El Paso proudly carries the moniker, The Sun City, as our area averages over 300 days of sunshine per year, making our locale a perfect candidate for solarpowered housing. Because of our mild winters and cool summer evenings, we consider the outdoors, with its backdrop of.
The Franklin Mountains and tranquil landscape, to be part of our living space. ADAPT blurs the line between inside and out by its many patio doors leading to the wrap around deck. Utilizing cross breezes limits the amount of time climate control must be used. With an annual average rainfall of 8 inches, native plants were chosen for their hardiness, and a greywater system is used for watering. The decorative woodwork on the North side acts as a trellis for evergreen vines that can withstand the harsh North winter wind. The.
Pergola on the South side allows for midday light to enter while reducing glare and heat gain. This pergola makes ADAPT feel larger as it acts as a wall but without obstruction. Exterior lighting ensures the deck can be utilized at night. The materials chosen, such as Alucobond siding, composite decking and steel roofing ensure decades of low maintenance. ADAPT is an update of an old classic. Though there are many aspects of MidCentury Modernism echoed in ADAPT, the aesthetic design meets consumers' needs with an open floor plan, and ample kitchen and entertaining space. Most doors and all windows feature triplepane.
Lowenergy glass. In keeping with the concept of ADAPT, these doors and windows for the most part have integrated fabric shades, with the blackout type in the studio and master bedrooms. All ADAPT lighting is LED, and all interior lighting is dimmable. The partition wall in the hallway allows Northern sunlight to penetrate the kitchen from the clerestory windows while offering privacy to the sleeping quarters and bathroom. The bathroom boasts a highly efficient steam shower, and a wallhung water closet and casework clear up floor space to allow for future ADA access.
Sprayon Solar Panels Science Nation
MILES O'BRIEN Harnessing the power of the sun, its a bright idea with enormous potential, but how do we get there BRIAN KORGEL There's plenty of power in the sun to meet the energy needs of the world. We haven't figured out how to get the ratio right of cost and efficiencies. Put it in there and spray. MILES O'BRIEN This spray paint could be part of the future of solar power. With support from the National Science Foundation, chemical engineer Brian Korgel and his team at the University of Texas are developing spray on solar cells. They're being tested as alternatives to the.
Sometimes bulky, fragile devices now used to capture the suns rays. BRIAN KORGEL These are nanocrystals suspended in a solvent and you take this material and you can deposit it as you would an ink. These are actual devices, test devices made of the solar ink and deposited on plastic. So these are devices like our sandwiches where you have the metal contact on the bottom and metal contact on the top to extract the charge out and the middle part absorbs the light. MILES O'BRIEN The goal is to use these nanoparticles to coat large layered solar collectors that are cheap.
And flexible, even printing them in a way newspapers are. VAHID AKHAVAN You want to produce something that's very userfriendly. And the final product would look something like, ideally, it would look something like todays shingle MILES O'BRIEN But there are many challenges before youll be able to buy these nanoparticles solar shingles to power your house. BRIAN KORGEL They work but we need to get the efficiency better. We'd have made devices that have an efficiency of 3. And to be commercial, you really need to be at about 10.
VAHID AKHAVAN You turn on the light and then place the devices in the beam of the light and make a measurement of the currentthe efficiency of the last device that we test is a little over 1 efficient MILES O'BRIEN Korgel says this sustainable energy research resonates with just about everyone. BRIAN KORGEL When they hear that somebody has come up with a way to make a solar cell by spray painting it, they get really excited. MILES O'BRIEN In this lab there are plenty of new ideas under the sun.
Solar Powered Classroom
We live in the fossil fuel age right now but eventually we will need a new way to make electricity. There is some magic to solar power. My name's Aaron. I'm a fourth grade teacher at Central Park School for Children in Durham, NC. My whole goal as a teacher is to develop problem solvers. It doesn't work without the wires connected. Cause that makes an open circuit, right We studied the different ways of making electricity like wind power, hydro, nuclear. It all lead up to solar power because that is the cleanest way to make electricity.
And I was just playing around with it in my head and asked them do you want to make our class room solar powered and of course there was a loud, yes! Solar system tour guide and then I drew a sun and a solar panel. It's not really like the real ones that we did, it's just, I put it on that. Kickstarter gave us an opportunity to reach a really large audience of people all around the world who were really excited about this idea. Our class has been studying energy and we love solar energy. We would love to have a.
Solar energy classroom so our class could be off the grid. It was amazing to see how far this idea spread. We're hoping to raise eight hundred dollars but we raised $5,000 dollars from backers all over the world. First we had to get all the pieces for our system. And the kids and the parents came together on two Saturdays and we had work days. They helped get the panels, and get all the bolts and nuts and put them onto the racks and move those racks of the solar panel.
Up onto the roof. So as they saw the pieces come together they had kind of control and understanding over what we were doing. Those are the wires that take the electrons all the way to our classroom and there are a hundred feet. Also, the charger controller, if you look right here, it shows how much electricity is coming in and going to the batteries. They've learned about electricity on a lot of different levels and if you have a big idea, how to make it happen. We've been without electricity since yesterday. We're going to turn the electricity back on.
This afternoon. We are going to flip the switch and be completely off the grid. We're just going to be running on solar energy. Our project shows fourth graders can understand how solar power works and that it can work for everyone. Wake up in the morning at 7 o clock. The sun is coming up, can you go for a walk I think it's something everybody has access to and can do with little problem. The kids are learning that we don't have to use all of that energy. How we can make our.
House more energy efficient and how we can possibly get solar panels at home. There's this understanding for them that they see themselves in an active role making a difference When they become professionals and engineers and idea makers, then they're going to be solving those problems of how we can make clean electricity that doesn't make our earth warmer, that doesn't pollute areas where people live. We got solar panels we don't need power lines. Instead of just studying electricity and what electricity is, the students have made electricity. We made our classroom solar powered.
Solar Light Pipe at Texas AM
Texas AM University was established before the modern luxury of electricity had become an everyday part of our lives. Students enrolled back then probably would have appreciated some of the technologies being developed by Texas AM today. Some of which can harvest a resource rarely of short supply here the Sun. Dr. Liliana Beltran, an Associate Professor in Texas AM's College of Architecture, and a team of her students, have developed an award winning device that captures and delivers sunlight deep into the interiors of buildings. The solar light pipe has wide range of benefits for modern living reduced electric bills.
for global resources, reduced reliance on sustainable energy sources. The EPA recently awarded Beltran and her team a grant to expend the research and development for the project. The EPA determined the potential for the pipe to serve as sustainable innovation, impact the environment, and economic future of the nation. Beltran has been approached by professionals representing health care facilities, exposition spaces, and even rodeo arenas. All interested in its energy saving potential. Research project like the awardwinning solar pipe are common in Texas AM's landgrant institution, where students and faculty come together to turn discoveries into deeds and tools that serve.
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