The Active Classroom generates more power than it uses and then shares it with the local grid, other classrooms and even charges electric vehicles.

Research and design company SPECIFIC is celebrating the success of its first "energy-positive" classroom, a space that generates 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. SPECIFIC is a part of U.K. Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University, and they’re celebrating the success of their Active Classroom, as it’s called according to Inhabitat . Their findings from the first year of its implementation were released just as the group began work on their next project, an Active Office. Science Daily reports that buildings currently account for 40 percent of the energy consumption in the United Kingdom. Researchers have been working to develop buildings as power stations, with design aspects that can make the most use of solar power—trapping it, storing it, and sharing it. The research director for SPECIFIC and Swansea University College of Engineering, Professor Dave Worsley, says its important to go beyond research to real-world application, as in the case of the Active Classroom. "SPECIFIC’s research focuses on developing solar technologies and the processing techniques that take them from the lab to full-scale buildings," he said. "With our building demonstration program we are testing and proving the ‘buildings as power stations’ concept in real […]

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