Hybrid Four-Storey Office Building Is Fully Independent Using Renewables

Fluid Solar headquarters is powered by thermal, solar PV and wind energy in South Australia and is no longer relying on an electricity grid connection. The building has 2 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity, which is about 90% thermal storage with remaining 10% provided by the regular battery storage as reported by Architecture & Design.

Here are the main details of the project:

  • The building has been operating without the use of the grid since April.
  • The surplus electricity generated at the site will be used as a part of Tesla’s car-charging network of 11 electric vehicle bays.
  • Wind turbines are installed on the roof.
  • The building also has a turbine that turns low-pressure steam into electricity.
  • Solar thermal collectors are used to heat and cool the building.

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