Algae-fueled BIQ building in Germany a great success

August 11, 2014 |

In Germany, a building running on algae fuel has been operating for over a year and residents inside say they are happy and that energy performance is great. The Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building runs on the heat produced by photosynthesis and algae biomass which is harvested and dried.

A prototype building, BIQ is being monitored by the Colt Group, which hopes to market the system, created by Splitterwerk Architects and Arup. Wurm says they’re pleased so far. “It’s producing more heat than we thought,” he says. “We optimized the performance after introducing a new set of pumps at the beginning of the year.” Surveys show the people in the 15 apartments are also content, as well they might be. They have no heating bills and plenty to show off to visitors.

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