Urban Living Generator: Sibol Project of Algae 360 Degrees Photobioreactor Windows

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The solution for today’s issue is a habitat dependent on the international energy and water grid. The Urban Living Generator began with a brief in developing and conceptualizing of sustainable vertical housing design for Cabanatuan City by embracing the SIBOL Project or Sustainable and Intelligent Biosphere for Optimistic Living . SIBOL is a system for light collection and its components, hydrogen producing system and the intelligent algae panels. SIBOL works to preserve natural habitats and build an atmosphere composition in balance by promoting sustainable development and renewable aid in developing regions.

Calculating an estimate for the total amount of energy produced through the SIBOL Project was achieved through consultation with, biologist at the University of the Philippines- Diliman Quezon City and National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Laboratory Facilities for Advanced Aquaculture Technologies (LFAAT or Biotech Laboratories). Through this collaboration a tripartite energy extraction strategy was identified as releasing the optimal potential from the algae. The SIBOL system released through the extraction of lipids (oils) and bio-gas (through the processing of algae biomass in an anaerobic digester). To convert these oils and gas to useful electricity, a catalytic-reactor based fuel processor converts the oils to hydrogen. This hydrogen, combined with that produced directly from the algae, is converted to electricity and heat in a hydrogen fuel cell.

INFINITY applied this science as a conceptual system model of algae architectural panels adapted on the habitat units for the potential energy in hydrogen, biodiesel, biomass to create an off the grid habitat in the year 2020. Through this project, it shown that the integration of algae as an energy generator within a habitat is not only feasible, but that co-habitation can result in a self-sustainable symbiotic system and open up many exciting architectural possibilities for green living.


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    Noriel Estipular
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    The study was connected in the National Framework on Climate Change in 2020 to design an innovative resilient housing for the Filipino. The INFINITY is a community complex composed of eight condominium buildings, a green park and commercial complex. Infinity develops communities that are resilient and empowered by giving the birth of a living house to be an asset of the nation to the millennium issue of climate change. The prospect is to make a community which is a life sustaining home from its architectural, structural, water supply facilities and electrical aspect to survive from the risk of the climate change.
    The project envisions a climate risk resilient Philippines with healthy, safety, prosperous, self-reliant communities, productive ecosystem, simultaneously grow the economic development of the country in renewable use of energy. And to fulfill the human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment for current and future generation.
    SIBOL Project is a new form of residential building in which adaptable architectural designs can be combined with intelligent technologies and construction materials. As one of the main themes of the “A building as a living thing for living being”, these constitute an architectural pilot project, using four exemplary building types to show how new technological approaches can be translated into a forward looking architectural language, and traditional techniques reinterpreted.
    As its starting point for the SIBOL Project theme, the researcher presented the following basic ideas. Smart materials are active, with a transformative character. They respond to changing environmental conditions. In an intelligent interaction with “smart technologies”, this process can be extended to the level of networked building services, and can monitor and optimize the energy and material maintenance.
    For this purpose, the existing categories of materials must be considered afresh, because smart materials, being active, take on opposing properties and functions at different times. Material and technological innovations in architectural history were always associated with a fundamental change in what architecture could and should be. These days, it can be observed that sustainability is the background to many design decisions.
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    Sketch Up, InDesign, Ecotect Analysis, Multi Physics Simulation Software
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