Renewable energy lab glows like a lantern in Germany

September 2, 2020 by  
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On a site formerly used for experiments on solar energy , Stuttgart-based architectural practice Behnisch Architekten has completed Building 668 (KIT Energy Lab 2.0), a massive testing lab for new energy systems as part of a scheme to move Germany toward greater adoption of renewable energy. Located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) campus near Stuttgart, the KIT Energy Lab 2.0 is also remarkable for its eye-catching design — the timber-framed structure is wrapped in translucent polycarbonate cladding and topped with a dramatic sawtooth roof as a nod to the industrial character of the neighboring buildings. Its polycarbonate exterior allows a consistent amount of light into the simple, low-carbon building, which lights up like a lantern at night. Related: Sustainable RAUM Pavilion can be continually reused or recycled in Utrecht Completed over the course of four years, the KIT Energy Lab 2.0 spans an area of 18,621 square feet over two floors with simple layouts conducive for flexibility. The ground floor is centered on a large, double-height test hall with work areas — including the test hall and an office, meeting and IT/server room — lining the north side of the building, while the transformer rooms and control station are located on the southern end. A central stairway and elevator lead up to the second floor, which consists of additional office space, a small staff kitchen, a meeting room, lab room, control station, test preparation room and a bridge over the column-free test hall that connects to large gallery spaces. The interiors echo the simple and industrial look of the exterior. Exposed timber trusses, unpainted wooden surfaces, lofty ceiling heights and oversized lighting fixtures emphasize the industrial motif. Natural light floods the test hall, which accommodates the areas “Power-Hardware in the Loop” (PHIL) and “Smart Energy System Control Laboratory” (SESCL) as well as assembly areas for tests. The KIT Energy Lab 2.0 was created in partnership with the Helmholtz Centres, the National Aeronautics and Space Research Center of the Federal Republic of Germany (DLR) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). + Behnisch Architekten Photography by David Matthiessen via Behnisch Architekten

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Nanoscribe Unveils the World’s Fastest Nano-Scale 3D Printer

March 5, 2013 by  
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Nanoscribe GmbH , a German company based in Karlsruhe, has released the Photonic Professional GT , a high-speed 3D nano-printer. An announcement from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) says that the printer, based on laser lithography, can produce three-dimensional objects smaller than the diameter of a human hair, with “minimum time consumption and maximum resolution.” And according to Nanoscribe, the printer is “the world’s fastest 3D printer of micro- and nanostructures.” Read the rest of Nanoscribe Unveils the World’s Fastest Nano-Scale 3D Printer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , 3D printing , karlsruhe , kit , micro , nano , nanoscribe , nanotechnology , photonic

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North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050

March 5, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the University of California have announced that by 2050, ships will be able to travel across the north pole in summer months. This would slash costs of transporting goods between Europe and China, Laurence C. Smith and Scott R. Stephenson wrote in the journal PNAS, but opening the northern sea route will pose a host of new economic, environmental and political challenges. Read the rest of North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , cargo shipping , Climate Change , environmental destruction , global warming , melting ice , north pole , northern sea route , trans arctic passage , university of california , Wildlife

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Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

August 23, 2012 by  
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Lasermad has executed a brilliant move with his glowing chess set made from recycled vintage Russian Nixie tubes . Each piece is illuminated without any visible wires, and emits a warm light when at rest on the board.  Beautiful and inspired, the design may just be as ingenious as the game itself. Read the rest of Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air-core transformers , chess , chessboard , green design , green lighting , in-7 , in-a , induction charger , kit , lasermad , nixie chess , nixie tube , recycled , Recycled Materials , Russian , sustainable design , tony , vintage

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Grow a Grass Rug for Your Bedroom

October 21, 2011 by  
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Photo: pia You’ve got the grass chair in the backyard, now it is time for the grass rug in your bedroom… It’s easier than one would imagine: it’s a grow-your-own, from a kit… … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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