3D Printed Car Powers Solar Home ... 3D Printed Solar Home Powers Car ... A Marriage Made for Cohousing?
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 3D Printed Home and Car
In what can only be described as THE love match of technologies ... last month Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) unveiled an integrated system combining 3D print technology, solar and battery power.
Translation: ORNL wirelessly linked a 3D printed car and a 3D printed house.
According to ORNL ... a first-of-its-kind design uses an integrated symbiotic energy system to share energy between a single-unit, 3D printed solar powered house and a 3D printed electric car.
Translation: The solar panels on the house provide electric power for the car. On grey days, the battery in the car can power the house. Is this a love match, or what?
It's dubbed: Additve Manufactuing Integrated Energy or AMIE.
Will this new linking of cars and homes cause those of us in cohousing to rethink our design principle of corralling cars in their own space away from homes or booting them to the street?
Quoting from the on-line website 3Ders.org_ "When scaled up to a full-size community, AMIE could support worldwide electricity needs, completely revolutionizing how we generate, use and store clean energy. Thanks to a collaboration between more than 20 major industry partners and with the innovative use of 3D printing technology, AMIE went from concept to launch within just one year."
So now, a car in every garage is not just a political grab line like a chicken in every pot. A car, integrated with a home, could be the answer to both affordable housing and clean, fuel-efficient transportation.
This technology is here ... NOW. What it needs is a critical mass of early adopters to move it forward. What better than cohousing?
But why should cohousers even think about 3D printed homes and ... cars?
ORNL 3D Printed Card and Home
In this example of the car and house being linked, how useful is this to pursue when a major feature of cohousing design is purposeful separation of the car from the home? I'm sure cohousing architects will develop a design that will allow using this technology without abusing the cohousing design of pedestrian friendly streets.
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Ann Zabaldo is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She was on the develoment team for Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village in Washington, DC where she lives. She serves on the Board for MAC.
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