Researcher Marwa Dabaieh from Lund University in Sweden has come up with a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall – a passive solar building design from the 19th century – to not only heat but also cool buildings, while drastically reduce associated carbon emissions.
“In Egypt, fossil fuels account for 94% of all energy. There is therefore a great need for innovative energy solutions to reduce carbon emissions that can also be used in rural communities which do not always have electricity”, says architectural researcher Marwa Dabaieh who divides her time between Lund University and the British University in Egypt.
The vented Trombe wall is an old, yet still popular passive construction technique that hardly requires any energy. Marwa Dabaieh has continued to develop this technique so that it can be used for not only building heating, but also cooling – providing a comfortable indoor temperature all year around.
“The new design uses renewable wind and solar energy to generate cooling and heating in buildings. The adjustments have also eliminated the original Trombe wall problem with overheating, which in turn has drastically reduced the total energy consumption and carbon emissions”, says Marwa Dabaieh.
The new design has taken the aesthetic aspects of the Trombe wall into account, so that it can be integrated into modern buildings and become an attractive architectural element. The materials used to build the wall are local stone, wood and wool, as well as locally produced glass.
“Locals have been involved in every step of the process, so that they can easily build the Trombe wall themselves or show others how to construct one. Local construction could also help create new opportunities for young and unemployed people”, says Marwa Dabaieh.
The villagers in Saint Catherine who have installed the Trombe wall have experienced a nicer indoor temperature, and several people have expressed a desire to have the new ventilation system installed; something Marwa Dabaieh sees as positive sign.
This passive ventilation system could be key for a sustainable future.
The Latest on: Renewable energy sources
via Google News
The Latest on: Renewable energy sources
- He used to guide adventurers to the top of Denali, now this exec guides energy policy at Colorado School of Mineson March 23, 2020 at 1:16 pm
He's also shaped energy policy from within the EU, UN and World Bank. Here's Morgan Bazilian's newest adventure.
- Energy as a Service Market is Gaining Upward Trend Due to Rising Need to Provide Clean and Highly Efficient Energy Supplyon March 23, 2020 at 9:06 am
Energy as a Service Market Research Report- Forecast till 2023 Market Highlights The Energy as a service market 2020 was valued at USD 10.6 billion and is estimated to reach USD 51.8 billion by 2023, ...
- Fully renewable electricity could destabilise the grid – but old coal plants may have a solutionon March 23, 2020 at 8:42 am
The idea of a fully renewable electricity grid is no longer a pipe dream. But as energy utilities race to decarbonise, they’re heading towards a new problem. As electrical systems are becoming more ...
- Gulf Power Developers Take An Early Lead In Uzbekistan’s Renewable Energy Driveon March 23, 2020 at 5:00 am
Saudi and UAE companies have emerged as the early winners as the central Asian republic prepares to develop 5GW of solar power and 3GW of wind power by 2030 ...
- Poor Economy Of Scale: Renewable Energy Is About More Than Government Policyon March 23, 2020 at 1:42 am
Why are utilities and governments sinking so much money into giant batteries? In two words: wind and solar. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are notoriously fickle. Back when they ...
- Alfa Laval Wins SEK 60 Million Renewable Energy Order in Swedenon March 23, 2020 at 12:41 am
LUND, Sweden, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfa Laval - a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling - has won an order from the energy company St1for a process line to ...
- This Renewable Energy Stock's Future Is Now Even Brighteron March 22, 2020 at 11:23 am
Image source: Getty Images. Brookfield Renewable initially offered to acquire the ... or units of Brookfield Renewable Partners (and start receiving a schedule K-1 form). Combining to create a ...
- UL, GCC Labs inaugurate joint venture lab for renewable energy tests and serviceson March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Eng. Mahdi Al-Dosari from GCC Labs, Eng. Shaikh Nawaf Al Khalifa from GCCIA, Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman and Hamid Syed from UL. RIYADH/DAMMAM — Under the aegis of Minister of ...
- Relief to renewable energy: MNRE declares Coronavirus force majeureon March 20, 2020 at 8:50 pm
This means project developers will not have to pay any penalty for missing commissioning deadlines, if they can prove their consignments were delayed by global restrictions on freight movements ...
- 2020 Innovations in Renewable Energy Generation, Desalination, Artificial Intelligence, LEDs and Vaccines - ResearchAndMarkets.comon March 20, 2020 at 10:19 am
The "Innovations in Renewable Energy Generation, Desalination, Artificial Intelligence, LEDs, and Vaccines" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This edition of the Inside R&D ...
via Bing News