This new energy concept from Sweden can make any building net zero

October 11, 2017 by  
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A new Swedish energy concept can turn any building into a net zero energy structure. Pioneered by Malmö-based company Innenco , the concept utilizes a building’s thermal mass to drastically reduce energy use by around 85 percent. With their active elements systems, heat pumps, chillers, and adding solar panels , Innenco can bring new or existing buildings to net zero energy consumption. Inhabitat spoke with CEO and founder Jonathan Karlsson to find out more. Innenco, which stands for innovative energy concept, dramatically slashes a building’s energy use. Karlsson told Inhabitat, “Our vision is to create possibilities to make new net zero constructions in an efficient way, giving everyone the capability to do so.” Their technology changes how a building operates for vastly improved energy efficiency . Related: California city could become the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S. It starts with their active elements system: pipes are integrated into the frame construction to utilize a building’s thermal mass. Adding heat pumps and chillers to the system allows Innenco to get four to six times greater efficiency in heating and cooling . At this point they’re able to reduce energy use by 85 percent, so to cover that last 15 percent, they install Innenco Quantum Solar panels. “This makes an investment in solar cells much lower than a traditional system, and we can get net zero for a really cost-efficient investment,” Karlsson told Inhabitat. Buildings with the Innenco system installed tend to maintain a temperature of around 22 degrees Celsius, or around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Innenco has already seen their concept work in the real world. They’ve installed their system in homes, offices, schools, and industry premises. Karlsson said they were excited to discover they could utilize a really high rate of thermal mass in industry buildings, and think their concept could translate well to skyscrapers . They’ve worked in Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain, and the Netherlands, with projects coming up in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. They provide maintenance, and their energy concept can be installed as new buildings are built or integrated in old ones. Karlsson said sustainability projects should deliver social, environmental, and economical benefits, all three of which Innenco aims to offer with their concept. “Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is a really high goal for us,” Karlsson told Inhabitat. “It’s the climate condition; it’s really necessary to figure out how we can help the planet.” Innenco hopes to introduce their energy concept to other markets too, such as the United States. You can find out more on their website . + Innenco Images courtesy of Innenco

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Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be real

January 16, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be real Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antarctic , Antarctic iceberg , envioronmental art , glacier art , glaciers , ice sculpture , ice sculptures , ice stripes , iceberg , iceberg art , icebergs , natural beauty , natural ice formations , natural phenomenon , sculpture , stripe iceberg , striped ice , striped iceberg , striped icebergs , stripes

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Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

January 16, 2015 by  
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When Elon Musk originally unveiled plans for the supersonic Hyperloop , he said that he didn’t plan to build it himself. Now the billionaire inventor has announced plans to construct a Hyperloop test track to help bring the next-gen transportation system to life. Musk announced the news on Twitter, as is his habit, saying that the test track will “most likely” be located in Texas. The Hyperloop is akin to a mega high-speed rail system, consisting of huge tubes mounted on tall pylons, with capsules to carry passengers at the speed of sound. The super high-speed transit system may one day provide stiff competition for airlines, because it promises to move people from Point A to Point B in about half the time it takes to fly. Read the rest of Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , green transportation , high speed , Hyperloop , plans , public transportation , Technology , tesla

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