Algae as Resources and Energy Provider

(IBA Hamburg GmbH / Johannes Arlt)

As part of the IBA Hamburg another worldwide unique research project was launched: The BIQ Algae House. It is a pilot with which future microalgae can be cultivated on a large scale. They can be fed with waste gases and use the containing CO2 for the development of biomass, which in turn serves as an energy supplier. The "seaweed house", world's first home with a bioreactor facade was presented at IBA. This facade spans microalgae that produce oxygen from the CO2 from exhaust gases, thereby producing biomass grow. By combining the energizing algae facade with geothermal and solar thermal energy, the building produces more energy than its residents need.