BIO PHOTOVOLTAICS

Yuang Huang, Hoda Eskandarnia, Ziwei Zhao, Eleni Mirella Dourampei

The Bio photovoltaics project explores the integration of bio-photovoltaic algae and magnesium phosphate concrete to produce architectural prototypes: building facade elements that, through photosynthetic mechanisms of the species, can produce bio electricityLocated at ZSL London Zoo, the project employs computational design, material experimentation, novel fabrication techniques and biological methodologies for the encapsulation of algae strains within a hydrogel matrix which can be robotically extruded onto bioreceptive concrete scaffolds. Strains of chlorella are isolated from the site environment. Hydrogel with encapsulated algae are robotically printed on to the casted MPC substrate embedded with carbon fibre strands.