Aug 28 (Renewables Now) - Fluid Solar, an Australian innovative building technology firm, has severed its new head office in Adelaide, South Australia from the state's "troubled" grid.
Fluid Solar House, the AUD-8-million (USD 6.4m/EUR 5.3m) four-storey, energy self-sufficient building has not been using grid electricity since April this year. It is meeting its demand with solar thermal energy and electric power from a combination of photovoltaic (PV) panels, concentrating solar thermal tubes and wind turbines on its rooftop. The building, described as one of the first off-grid multi-storey commercial buildings in the world, also has more than 2 MWh of energy storage capacity, consisting of 90% thermal storage and 10% conventional battery storage.
The building's power cord was symbolically cut on Monday by Australia's environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg.
According to managing director Roger Davies, Fluid Solar has planning approval to build a two-storey 20-apartment complex in Adelaide's suburb of Munno Para using its modular, energy-smart construction system and the company believes the project will open up a market for affordable housing with low energy cost.
(AUD 1 = USD 0.795/EUR 0.666)