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This Groundbreaking 3D-Printed Building Can Be Powered By a Car

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Source: Inhabitat

World-renowned architecture firm SOM just unveiled an off-grid 3D-printed building with built-in solar panels that can be powered, in part, by a car. The highly energy-efficient structure is called AMIE, and it makes getting mainstream society off the grid seem ever more feasible. The building is comprised of a series of printed C-shaped sections, and bi-directional energy flow makes it possible for the 3D-printed structure and a hybrid car to keep each other charged, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ...

“AMIE is the result of a unique creative partnership of science and design,” says SOM. “The breakthrough embodies ORNL materials science, 3D printing leadership and additive manufacturing capability combined with SOM multi-disciplinary building design, integrated-systems innovation and project delivery experience.”

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