Air is the energy resource that we humans need the most and its purity is an incredibly valuable asset which deserves much greater appreciation. With their project “breathe.austria”, the originators of the Austrian Pavilion at EXPO Milan have therefore made it their specific task to emphasise air in its uniqueness: With the focal theme at the Universal Exhibition, from 1 May to 31 October, 2015, of “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life “, the Austrian contribution can be literally breathed.
Energy exploitation from Styria
At the “breathe.austria” grounds, which extend over 560 square metres, a total of 60 trees, up to twelve metres high, have been planted. In this air power station, which provides natural air conditioning, environmentally friendly energy is produced. The technology comes from Styria. The natural cooling is accomplished on the roof of the pavilion using a Grätzel-cell from SFL technologies and the FIBAG Research Centre. The new glass technology is based on the principle of photosynthesis and is installed over a large area. “It is currently the most innovative solar energy solution and is a world first,” noted FIBAG Board Member Mario Müller. The inspiration and leadership behind the overall project is Architect and University Professor Klaus K. Loenhard of Graz University of Technology: “Our pavilion is the prototype for future city planning that takes advantage of the natural capabilities of nature. We have a vision: With ten percent more yield from natural air conditioning we can compensate for a temperature rise of two degrees Celsius due to climate change! ”
Transdisciplinary work – working across disciplines
To compete for the Austrian Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 an independent transdisciplinary team came together as the team.breathe.austria.