CLIMATE WEEK - The Crystal, London, Saturday March 8 2014
Each year during Climate Week, half a million people attend over 3,000 events across the UK, run by organisations from every part of society.
The Crystal is a building on Royal Victoria Dock in east London that contains a permanent exhibition about sustainable development. It is owned and operated by Siemens. It is part of the Green Enterprise District policy that covers much of East London. The site is 18,000 square metres in size. Using solar power and ground source heat pumps to generate its own energy, it has set a high benchmark for sustainability. The building is the first to achieve the highest sustainable building accolades from the world’s two leading accreditation bodies, LEED and BREEAM, Platinum and Outstanding respectively.
London’s newest landmark, the Crystal, showcases the
planet’s technological advances, within one of the world’ most sustainable buildings. The Crystal’s uniquely shaped glass-clad structure houses the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities, with interactive displays and exhibits that bring sustainability to life for young and old alike.
The ECOSTAR DC50 is a two seat prototype sports car concept vehicle with front wheel drive and 50kW direct current electric motors. The roof will carry solar panels to charge an onboard battery cartridge as a range extender between instant recharging pit-stops. The cartridge may contain batteries, fuels cells, or a mix of batteries and fuel cells - thus it is Hydrogen Economy (HE) ready. The technology future proofs vehicles against battery and/or fuel cell advances. To include, or not to include in new zero carbon vehicles, is a no-brainer. This is a future collaborative research project, for which consortium partnerships are invited for an eventual Horizon 2020 bid in 2015 and showing thereafter at events such as Climate Week and the Eco Technology event in Brighton. A follow on stage of the project will be to design a low cost Bluebird™ service station for a network with sufficient capacity to keep London going. What you dream about today becomes reality tomorrow - provided there is the political to support development.
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ABOUT THE BUILDINGS
The Crystal is one of the world’s greenest buildings, achieving Outstanding BREEAM accreditation and Platinum LEED accreditation - the most stringent standards for sustainable design and construction. It demonstrates firsthand the remarkable systems and technologies that are employed to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure its environmental credentials over the long term.
The Crystal is an all-electric building that uses solar power and a ground source heat pump to generate its own energy. That means no fossil fuels are burnt within the building. The Crystal showcases state-of-the-art technologies to make buildings more efficient and also profiles Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio.
The building incorporates rainwater
harvesting, black water treatment, solar heating and automated building management systems. The design of the building’s structure provides additional insulation and takes energy efficiency to a new level.
The ultimate green exhibition as to sustainability, an all electric building
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