29 Aug '17, 3pm

Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid

Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid

A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first. The $8 million Fluid Solar headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia’s northern suburbs contains more than 2 MWh of energy storage capacity, comprising about 90 percent thermal storage with the remaining 10 percent provided by conventional battery storage. Fluid Solar House has been operating without the use of the electricity grid since April to test its technologies before this afternoon’s cord-cutting ceremony. The building will be used as the small company’s headquarters but will also become a co-working space for other innovative northern suburbs’ startups. Surplus electricity generated at the site will be used as part of Tesla’s car-charging network, with provision...

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