August 19, 2010 04:58
A hotel powered by water? Well, kind of. At the proposed H2Otel for Amsterdam, The Netherlands, water will be the main carrier of energy. By using oxy-hydrogen generators, water can be used for heating, cooling, cooking, and the generation of electricity. Not knowing what an oxy-hydrogen generator is, I did a bit of online research. In an oxy-hydrogen generator, water is the fuel source. An oxy-hydrogen gas is created from the water. Only 1 cc of water can produce 1700 cc of mixed oxygen-hydrogen gas. The gas is burned to create energy. The only by-product of burning oxy-hydrogen fuel is water vapor.
To further save energy at the H20tel, a sensor-based climate system will monitor and control the indoor climate in real time and for each room individually. The climate control system is expected to reduce energy consumption by 40 percent. The facade of the hotel will be designed to help minimize the impact of the sun's heat during the warmer months. Wooden lamellas on the south-facing facade will block the sun and reduce the amount of noise from a nearby train station. The north side of the building will be mostly exposed to take advantage of the sun in the winter. A large atrium in the entrance area of the hotel will help illuminate the interior space, reducing the need for artificial light.
The luxury H2Otel is being proposed by Netherlands-based architecture firms RAU and Powerhouse Company. The carbon neutral, net-zero hotel would be situated along the Amstel River. Click here for additional information.