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This 3-D-Printed House Gets All The Power It Needs From A Car

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Source: Co.Exist

When it needs extra power, this new experimental building can start pulling energy from the car parked in front. And if the solar panels on the roof start pumping out more energy than needed, the building sends it to the car.

Brian Lee, design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee to create the house-car pair, wanted a concrete example of how to think differently about how cities consume energy. The goal was to see if a car could power a house at times of peak use or even when there's a blackout.

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