Category Archives: smart grid

Germany has yet again Set New Solar Record

germany-solar-record-sonnenschiff-537x357The very excellent article on the  Inhabitat site shows that Germany has yet again set Solar record, this time meeting nearly half the countries weekend power demand.

The article is an impressive read, not just because of Germany’s ability to shut down eight Nuclear power plants and concentrate of Solar, but because they are leading the way ahead in designing new and better solar products,

We as Technologists should be beating a path to Germany to read and look at the products that are using, I am taking a trip in June to Europe, and part of it will be to inspect this revolution.

We should not be putting panels onto roofs, the roof should be the panel, Houses should be orientated to the sun, and a small set of the panels should be set to catch the full mid day and some to the early morning sun, I have talked about this before with Sun path tracking software. This site has some great follow up with its article on Sunflowers and their ability to track the sun, play the small movie it shows the plant tracking the sun.

 

 

Architectural Technologist – Wolfgang Kessling reveals sustainable design innovations that cool us from above and below, and even collects solar energy for later use

An impressive title, but one I think is worthy of the subject, discussed in this video, given at one of the many

TED (conference)

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TED conferences. Having spent many days in these stadiums watching games and athletics, all over the globe, I know what he means. So whats the answer, well watch the video, make notes, mine looked like this:

  • Shade
    • Roman theatres
    • tent structures
  • Water
    • spray
    • small streams
    • underground pipes
  • under ground pipes general
  • Grass
    • water
  • Cooling
  • Solar power
    • PV
    • storage
    • power coolers
  • ambiant air quality
  • Roofs of PV
  • www.transsolar.com
I like many of the concepts introduced in this video, particularly the underground cooling, the roofs powering the machinery, the shade, and attention paid to the control of ventilation.
OK the UK is going to be a test in reverse, staying warm or even dry might be the order of the day, but for many other staiums this might be the real answer.
So much CPD, from historic stadium design, the roman theatres, to modern day designs, I have baked, particularly in Sydney, for the 2000 olympics, no shade in the cheap seats at all. climate,solar power,energy storage, water supply, even means of escape, access, bars, and  perhaps leg room, a particular favourite of mine. Although not mentioned, but material in my mind always has an influence of comfort, plastic seats, sweat, so much concrete is not good, stone, perhaps timber, a little more, just a thought.

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Architectural Technologist – Maps with Apple or Google

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I, like many of you out there, use OS maps a lot. I buy from a shop in Stourport on Severn, I phone, give them an address, or  post code and I get a file by return on email, I like this service, The Map Shop, who I use, have a nice friendly atitude, I know I could go to one of the online electronic store but to be honest, I use a mac and original they the online services did not support us, so I used the Map Shop, and stuck with them, besides I like the banter and chat.

But thats not what I wanted to draw to your attention, its the battle thats now waging between Google and Apple, on their respective map services. I use maps from Google, I print to pdf any site, and use it as a background to outline a site boundary and features before I go the THe Map Shop and order n OS map. Vectorworks has a nice abitity to rescale and ones a known dim is used to pull the map into line it’s good enough to use for a quick scheme.

But now we have tow major players looking to get my attention, Apple have or will remove the google links and rely upon their own data, Gizmodo have an excellent article outlinging the two different maps although the Apple map  is till under Beta, I quite like the scrisp look of their maps, but I use Google not for just the basic map, but the street view which has helped out many a time, and all the embeded data, will Apple come in at the same level, I can’t think so, although the 3D map looks very promising.

3D also adds another question as to how I can add my building to it, several great videos on youtube outline this and I will do a little research to show how to do it, in another article, ok with a Vectorworks biast, but as general as I can.

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Architectural Technologist – The Green Skills You Need to Become an Energy Contractor

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STARNBERG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 15: Workers wait for the crane to get installed solar power modules for producing electricity on the roof of a house on October 15, 2011 in Wessling, Germany. Germany has and is continuing to invest heavily in solar energy, both in the public and private sectors. The German government introduced a feed-in tariff with its Renewable Energy Act in 2000 that guarantees homeowners a minimum rate for selling electricity from renewable energy sources into the nation’s electricity grid. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

I had an email in from Derek Singleton  recently offering an article that I thought you might find interesting, re green skills, not gardening, but adapting current skills to cope with the new PV wind and other production’s of electricity.

he basically say’s that two years ago, Software Advice reported that growth in the green construction market would require electrical contractors to become energy contractors. We based this theory on a widely distributed report which predicted that electrical contractors would be in high demand for renewable energy and energy conservation projects. In 2012, it appears that our theory is playing out.

I tend to think he is right, as the electricity supply moves from a nation 240 volt grid to a local 110 Volt grid and we use smart local systems, those electrician who have adapted might be open for a lot of work.

How does this affect us, well understanding this is part of the Architectural Technologist brief.do we have to design for it, are their installation items we need to know, cabling, positioning of equipment, so much might change.

I have been sent article to review from Derek before and always found them interesting, so read on and follow his links.

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Architectural Technologist – Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power

This is one hell of a title for any blog to use, so when I saw this on Treehugger, I could not believe it, but what astounded me, and certainly the press seem not to have picked up on it, is,  in the wake of Fukushima, Germany is, or will be, shutting  all of its nuke plants, and has vowed to replace them with clean sources.

This is an massive statement to make, and one we in the UK could easily make if the right incentive was made.

But back to the solar power, running half of Germany on solar is huge, but last time I went there it was not obvious, I am travelling through next week, so stand by, I might change my mind.

But, and as alway I have a but, if the uk is to go this route, please can we avoid installing flat panels over existing domestic roofs, it’s just hideous, and a blight to the house design, there has to be a better way, At the grand design show in London I saw an excellent slate design that replaced the existing concrete of slate roof covering with a slick solar panel slate, producing as much if not more energy than before and looking not bad.

So Solar, wind and a little geothermal, all working together with a Smart Grid, all add up to a green economy. That and a new attitude to the use of power, ie not wasting it, switching to local 12v and a more sharing collaborative with smart systems.

CPD is huge, I have said for a long time, the Architectural Technologist is well placed to help design and develop the new solar technology, from the actual product to the installation. My moleskin is packed with notes, drawings and other snippets I have made on the subject, can’t get work, try looking into this market, and go for one of the more upmarket products to see if they want your technical expertise.

Sorry no hangout this week, Im on hols, but will be back in two weeks, I will be hanging out most of today, so if you see me, drop in, Lunch time might be a good time !

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Architectural Technologist – WIFI Vs in-cable systems

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I saw this morning a lead to a new company that has managed to control LED lights over the existing 240 volt AC wiring system, so what you might say, well having been involved in one facia sign and several internal systems where the wiring to control the LED lights was like a pasta dish, this is something to take notice of.

Plus it will not take long for the technology to move into other appliances, why go on about this, should I not be talking about wifi systems instead, well no, wifi is great, but subject to walls and solid mass, were as this in-wire technology seems to me to bypass all of this.

I will keep this an open lead in my research folder within Evernote, to follow this a little longer, but I see this fitting in with wifi quite nicely, as LED lights and equipment become more common. I can also see this fitting in quite nicely with a smart grid application, we will see.

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Architectural Technologist – Is Microsoft looking at the smart house again

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Logo for the Microsoft Corporation, used until 1987 Deutsch: Historisches Microsoft-Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently saw this nice little article on Microsoft’s ‘HomeOS’ automation platform detailed research paper, and although I don’t like Microsoft that much, it might be interesting reading to see just where they envisage it going, no doubt it’s pushing their vision of the future and no glass technology or gorilla glass. still you can’t ignore them so have a good read, worth at least .5 hour CPD to speed read the document.

 

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