According to a story first reported by 3Dprint.com, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has partnered with Clayton Homes and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) on a project to 3-D print an energy-efficient home that will wirelessly share energy with a 3-D printed car. Both the home and car will be printed out of a CFRP material similar to what was used in Local Motors’ 3-D printed Strati car last year.
First conceptualized in October last year, the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project will be demonstrated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Industry Day Sept. 23-24, 2015.
“We will have a vehicle that not only is able to draw power from the building but is able to share power with the building,” explained Roderick Jackson, Head of Building Envelope Systems Research at ORNL. “Now when the building needs power, [the vehicle] can provide that with its on-board natural gas generator and when the battery is low in the car, the building can charge the car. It’s a bi-direction flow of energy.”
The system features what 3Dprint.com describes as an “automatic control system to optimize the flow of energy between the car, the battery, solar panels and the grid.” Jackson notes that 3-D printing reduced both the time and material required to build the home and car by 40 percent in just one week.
“We gave [Clayton Homes and SOM] the tools, we worked with them and we developed this building design that fully demonstrates what happens when you remove the constraints, and allow construction practices to come into the 21st century,” said Jackson.