Progress, Variety Highlighted at Solar 2004

A hydrogen powered Prius, the ‘hydrogen highway’ becoming a reality, and several innovations in green building were presented to attendees at this year’s American Solar Energy Society (ASES) conference in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Oregon – July 14, 2004 [] Solar Integrated Technologies has thirteen hydrogen refueling stations along California’s highway with immediate plans for 19 more. Energy Conservation Devices (ECD) has produced an all hydrogen powered Prius which will benefit from the hydrogen highway. According to Stanford Ovshinsky, co-founder of ECD, the Prius is safe, produces no pollution and can drive the distances consumers have grown accustomed to. Ovshinsky said, “Any person can drive a hydrogen car and be at home with it.” Richard Schoen talked about the use of integrated solar photovoltaics (PV) into roof scapes to power hydrogen at the Sylmar Frito-Lay Distribution Center. “We’re not on the roof we are the roof.” He further plans to support a ‘hydrogen highway’ by using this type of integrated system for the solar real-estate on ‘big box’ stores, such as Target and Home Depot, along the route. On a residential level Edward J. Cazayoux looked back at 18th century architecture for inspiration for his new home which he built using local and recycled material. His system of building required no nails, making up his walls with jointed wood and a mixture of combined mud, Spanish moss and ash. The house is heated and cooled by controlling wind flow. Installing gutters along the ground so they are easier to clean and using plants to absorb sewage which they then transform into clean air means the house is more efficient by being in tune with its environment. Peter Clegg, of Fielden, Clegg & Bradley Architects, is working toward zero-energy workplaces in London. By bouncing natural light deep into a building during the day and giving the building a large thermal capacity so it can cool itself at night he creates harmonious office space for up to 450 people at a time. The industry is moving ahead quickly by integrating into existing systems and environments amounting to large benefits towards building a sustainable future. “You don’t win by talking about it, you win by doing it. So start doing it because it can be done and it could be done now,” Ovshinsky said.


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