How concrete facades can be used as energy-generating solar collectors
Bau Kunst Erfnden is collaborating on a new system called SolarChip with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie and a consortium of six partners from industry.
Innovative façade elements are beeing developed that can accommodate solar elements
of any type or generation, including future generations that have yet to be developed.
Technical radial braiding of solid wood structures
From July 2021, BAU KUNST ERFINDEN and the Institute of Materials Science at Hof University of Applied Sciences will cooperate in the TERA X | Braided Wood project. The aim of the project is to develop tubular solid wood braids as textile semi-finished products for architecture and construction. Our continuous filament of solid wood meets industrial braiding robots. The project is funded within the framework of the Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Planning´of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
Dye-Sensitized Solar Concrete is a transdisciplinary, transnational research project dedicated to the development of a novel fully structurally integrated photoactive material for use in architecture, infrastructure, and design. Based on the technology of a dye-sensitized solar cell, this material uses organic dyes on concrete to absorb light and produce electricity through electrochemical reactions.
Woven willow filament-reinforced plastic with variable fabric density for façade elements in textile timber construction
BAU KUNST ERFINDEN and the Department of Plastics Technology at the Institute of Materials Technology at the University of Kassel are cooperating in the VOTO research project. The aim of the research project is to develop a composite material consisting of a thermoplastic matrix and embedded fabrics made from our solid wood threads. The central component of the research the opacity of the façade material depending on the fabric density and the plastic, and the material development and characterisation of the material.
The goal of the PLOTBOT/CRAWLER research project is to develop a web-based, sensor-guided automaton – a mobile robot that can be used to functionalize building surfaces via the application of complex layer systems. Its thorough
integration of tool and software logic allows it to be guided over the surfaces of structural elements in real time, regardless of geometry, or directed to follow a preprogrammed pattern.
BAU KUNST ERFINDEN initiates the transdisciplinary research network TETHOK | Textile Tectonics for Wood Construction with a total of 7 departments at the University of Kassel. The group develops textile tectonics for wood construction. We investigate the design, shaping, simulation, manufacture, and construction of lightweight load-bearing structural components made of wood-based continuous-fiber textiles.