There are many serious environmental issues such the ever increasing requirement of energy so as to elevate the living comforts and, on the other hand, a must need to control the use of fossil fuels to tackle the climatic alterations. In order to address these issues, a research team at the University of Malaya has developed a roof that can help to tackle these problems. These issues have ultimately shifted the focus toward the efficient renewable energy sources.
The most visible aspect of the roof is its V-shaped configuration placed at the top of a peaked roof. This structure directs the wind into an array of turbine situated below it to produce energy as they move. It also enhances the airflow within the apartment through the vents constructed into the peaked roof to facilitate natural airing. Apart from this, a rainwater harvester is attached to the automated cleaning and cooling system. It cleanses the solar cells implanted in the sloped roof so as to keep them effective. The rooms inside the apartment are brightened by the transparent skylight, thus avoiding the requirement of artificial lighting during the daytime.
The scientists claim that addition of the roof to an existing construction generates nominal visual effect and can be utilized in rural and urban settings. An average individual utilizes 4,200 kWh of energy every year in Malaysia. The team believes that their roof can support 6 individuals by producing more that 21,200 kWh of energy every year and also save another 1,840 kWh owing to its skylights. Almost 217 million cubic meters of air can be moved by the venting system and decrease the emission of carbon dioxide by 17,768 kilos, and also525 cubic meters of water can be collected by the rainwater harvester.
The scientists also mention that the yield of energy is dependent on the location of the roof. The eco-roof can also be placed and adapted to rainfall, wind direction, and local sunlight with the use of regional weather information.
Isn’t it a great way of generating energy in a completely natural way? This can open new avenues of using renewable energy and tackle the issue regarding energy consumptions.