The NYCU / Team UNICODE made major achievements when their Orchid House project won the 1st prize of UDTA, 2nd prize of innovation and 3rd prize of energy efficiency at SDE 2014. Their project C.A.B. also won the 3rd prize of Creative Solution, 7th place winner of SDME AWARD at SDME 2018.
TDIS is committed to research and development, Industry-Academia Collaboration and promotion of applied research by the way of architectural action, such as Taiwan Exhibition in International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale 2016. It comprises three fields of sustainable materials, architectural systems and smart living. TDIS is not only the “Think Tank” but the “Do Tank”.
We aim to change over the city dweller and structure. In this age of citizenship and revolution, we believe that with the concept of shared economy and co-operatives, we can bring about physical as well as social changes by designing a better housing for all.
The air temperature will be controlled through the multilayered space in living area to minimize the energy consumption for cooling and heating the living space. The hot air will travel through multilayered with basic purified and cool down before going through HVAC system, and also in another way, air will pass through our cooling system from roof to ground to cool down and condense water.
Solar Tracking PV system
We have been investigating solar tracking photovoltaic system for the house, especially from the manufacture in Taiwan. Among many companies, we have paid attention to Neo Solar Power Corporation, the industry leading PV manufacturer in Taiwan. The highest efficiency panel from Neo Solar Power, Black19+, archives 19.4% efficiency, which allows fewer panels for meeting energy harvesting requirement for the competition. Combining with solar tracking system, we focus our research and development on low energy consumption system type to produce the maximum electricity during the day.
Apart from this, Delta Electronics offers the most energy efficient PV inverters which is up to 98.7% efficiency. Based on our experience in SDME 2018, Delta’s BESS system works well during competition. Our design team will work with Neo Solar Power and Delta Electronics research team closely to develop the most efficient solar tracking PV system for the house. The PV system is not only the prime power generator, but also the key element for the architectural aesthetic.
After the SDME 2018 competition, we continually develop the solar tracking PV system. Scale down our prototype in to a container size. Located in several space such as park, plaza, for public as a living lab.
We have seen the realization of vertical farms among high rise buildings. If this type of vertical agricultural productions come to be materialized, perhaps it would be able to provide human beings with sufficient amount of food, bringing land back to nature and enabling the health of city dwellers.
We improve our Orchid House project after the competition in SDE 2014. A modularized green wall, form into cross-shape units by durable material. Combine with the Drip Irrigation System, which reuse the reclaimed water and raindrop, and consider the penetration of air and light. The soil is mixture of eco-friendly artificial soil and Taiwan’s latest developed glass soil.
Microclimate Controlling Core
Through Peltier technology, MCC Core can collect water from the air without using batteries or current inverter. By using photovoltaic panels, MCC Core can cool downs the aluminum blocks’ temperature below ambient dew point, making water condense on its surface. Also, if the air is relatively clean, the water generated from MCC Core can be used as drinking water as well.
The Peltier element has a regular temperature difference between the outer “hot” side and the inner “cool” side. The more the hot side releases its heat – the more cooling potential is realized in the cool side.
The MCC Core can provide hot and cool water to Hydronic Radiant System. It refers to temperature-controlled surfaces that exchange heat with their surrounding environment through convection and radiation. It’s useful to reduce the household energy demand.
We have rich experiences in the latest eco-friendly materials research and construction design. In our recently project: Taiwan Exhibition in Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition 2016, we used a new eco-friendly material nPulp, which is made from stalks, to build our exhibition space. We will use it in SDE21 project, is a great opportunity for us to further test our researches in a new house. This increases the chances of these materials being commercialized in the coming future, allowing more people to adopt eco-friendly materials in their constructions.