- Kevin Young
- Lake Oswego, OR
- United States
AIA Associate, Oh Planning and Design
A "closed-loop" waste-energy solution - reevaluating waste as an energy resource.
My idea (which was actually my thesis project from last year) is to design a system where we extract the biological waste from an industrial process, such as brewing beer, and input it into a bio-mass co-generation energy plant. We can then utilize the bio-waste as a resource for energy and heat generation. Afterwards, we can then capture the carbon dioxide and heat that is released during the process, and input that as a resource into another process. For instance, vertical farming with CO2 (for hops, if you want to create a truly "closed-loop" system), or a spa/sauna with the off-heat. This allows for a dynamic interaction between three different lines of process. We can then locate all of them in close proximity to each other, in order to form a unique environment for people to interact with, allowing the public to see and understand this interaction, and transforming an energy plant from a private structure into a public center complete with a diverse set of uses. (beer, farming, spa, etc.)
I can elaborate more on this, and if you want to see my proposed version of this, it can be found at: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Springfield-Ecological-Energy-Demonstration/4213189 But I'd prefer to keep this fairly loose, so that I can see what others think about this. it is very much along the lines of Material Resource Ecology (William McDonough) but on a more macro scale.