19 Apr '11, 7pm

A German house that generates more energy than it consumes, from @drgrist:

A German house that generates more energy than it consumes, from @drgrist:

During my trip to Germany last week, one of my hosts from the Böll Foundation and I took a morning commuter train up to Borgsdorf , north of Berlin, to visit an experimental passivhaus built by architect Oliver Jirka for his own family. Here's your faithful correspondent on the scene: Digital readouts show hourly/daily/weekly output of solar panels. The house has been the subject of several news stories (here's one in English ). The first thing that struck me is that it looks like a house -- sleek and modern, but nothing particularly wacky or unusual. I only note that because energy-wise it's extraordinary: It gathers ambient energy and feeds it into the grid. That is to say, it's an energy generator, not an energy consumer. It will take Jirka about a decade to pay off the solar panels on the roof, but from that point on, his energy bills will be ... well, not bills. They'...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-04-19-visiting-a-house-...

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