‘Hydrogen Energy Harvesting City’

In the year of 2050, architecture will act as an energy harvester (water electrolysis process) that transforms surplus renewable energy in the form of hydrogen.
With abundant hydrogen energy, which has been converted from surplus renewable energy, cities will run 24/7 with continuous cycle, as we currently do, and this will change the way we organize and utilizeindoor and outdoor spaces such as garden, courtyard, terraces and waterfront.

With current technology it costs a lot to store energy, and the grid cannot take surplus energy, therefore, they just get wasted. So, I’m proposing a strategy, by storing energy resource in the form of hydrogen without wasting them on to the grid to create a synergetic relationship between Energy, Industries (factories) and Inhabitation, to use renewable energy in continuous way as well as to store and to increase the quality of life through architecture.
Because, it is ineffective to store energy than to produce, therefore, hydrogen energy will keep being produced on-site with surplus renewable energy in my ‘hydrogen harvesting city’, as a new type of energy infrastructure, which will utilize existing energy infrastructure in Isle of Grain to incorporate with new energy infrastructure to curate communal space to have 24/7 life cycle as well as to enhance the quality of life.

In order to do 24/7 city;
Indoor and outdoor communal spaces, such as, water garden, water courtyard, terrace and waterfront, are being curated based on energy distribution of oxygen, hydrogen and water to enhance the living condition by having triangular relationship between energy, energy storage and communal infrastructure to work as a city.

Current problem of high density within London is, due to everything being controlled all at the same time, such as commuting time to work. Currently, most of us go to work and sleep at the same time, but with new three 8-Hr life cycle shift , we cannot only change the way we live, but also can live in less dense environment by distributing density. Therefore, by having three 8-Hr lifecycle shift, the project minimized potential waste of energy and spaces and inhabitants can live in less environment.

By adopting this strategy, density and time relationship will be completely changed.
‘Hydrogen Energy Harvesting City ‘will not only deal with density in non-conventional manner, but also deal with different time relationship with24/7 working hour (2/3 of space doesn’t need to be wanted during the day).
In the future we won’t need to cope with the expected density increase in London and can have far more efficient way of living.
In 2050, we will be able to manage urban density without increase in London through energy and time base architecture.

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Location Plan

Site Plan

Renewable Energy Potential within Europe

Unit Prototype

Cluster Prototype

Hydrogen & Oxygen Distribution within Cluster

Water Electrolysis System of Unit