Architecture firm SOM has created an off-the-grid, 3D-printed building called AMIE. This structure sports built-in solar panels that can be powered by the sun, or a car. The bi-directional energy flow makes it possible for the 3D-printed structure and a hybrid car to charge each other continuously. Once printed, the structure is reinforced with steel rods for strength, and the result is a stalwart structure that resists both lateral and live loads. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“SOM says the integrated photovoltaic panels work with a natural gas-powered generated in the vehicle, which was designed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). This energy is used for lighting and a microkitchen developed by GE with its own suite of sustainable features. When these are not in use, the solar power will charge the building’s battery. The 3D-printed hybrid vehicle also connects to the structure and offers an additional power supply through bi-directional wireless energy technology and high-performance materials,” reports Inhabitat.