Algae-powered building, ionic wind thrusters and 3D-textured solar cells
Recently, Inhabitat reported that the world’s first algae-powered building officially opened its doors in Hamburg, Germany. It’s the BIQ House and the building features a bio-adaptive algae facade that controls day lighting while generating a steady stream of renewable energy. Germany is the leading country in clean technology. The country has quadrupled its energy production in the past tow years, which in part is due to its rapidly growing alternative energy portfolio. Just over the pond in England the world’s largest wind farm is up and operating and in Paris, Schneider Electric set up kinetic energy-harvesting tiles that generate power from runners in the Paris Marathon.To top of all of the new green energy developments, the International Space Station, astronauts are installing a new type of 3D-textured solar cell that will soak up 16 sunrises every day.