We have found many ways to take advantage of solar power but what about tidal power? It is non-polluting, reliable, and predictable. Margot Krasojevic has submitted Hydroelectric Tidal House project that harnesses the wave power to generate electricity. This unique structure features 2 shells: outer structure and inner structure where each one has its own purpose. The outer shell is made out of concrete anchors the house to the beach while the inner shell rises with the tide as it flows around primary structure.
With the help from solar cells, the semi circular concrete shell provides an electrical supply for the living area where the cross section is made from an array of hydraulic tidal turbines that generates electricity using a renewable source of energy, the tidal wave. Since waves are more predictable than solar/wind energy, thus making it simpler to find the ideal location to harness this natural energy source.
Designer : Margot Krasojevic
Krasojevic explains how this house works:
There are two types of extruded turbine, one type uses lightweight aluminum chambers which compress air trapped in the chamber when a wave breaks into them, this kinetic energy creates an electrical current similar to wind turbines; the second type of sustainable energy uses neodymium magnets to move through wound copper wire tubes inducing an electrical current as a wave pushes and pulls against the extruded chambers, the electrical energy can be stored in a capacitor.
This type of electrical generator is electromagnetically induced. The inner shell is made from a lightweight non-ferrous aluminum monocoque structure that floats within the external bunker as the tide rushes through it. There are three modules to the living area making it easy to dismantle according to the functional requirements of the house. The outer shell is clad in a framework of cast concrete sections making it easier to transport.
The form creates a series of channels for water to travel though creating a whirlpool effect which mimics the beachcomber house itself, in order to trap as much tidal energy throughout its structure.
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