Autotroph proposes an innovative approach for renewable energy production & storage for waterfront communities. / by Alexander Dzurec

With the carbon age coming to an end, humanity will transition to a new human epoch powered by the natural elements of wind, sun and water.  To this end, Autotroph has conceived a radical approach for green energy & infrastructure on waterfront sites .  Developed as a submission to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition, Battery H2O is an innovative take on a pumped storage hydroelectricity system.  The site is a waterfront property in the Refshaleøen development in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Utilizing sun and wind power, water from Copenhagen Harbor is pumped into elevated storage tanks, made from re-purposed oil tanker hulls.  The hulls act as a giant battery, storing potential energy in the form of water, and generating power through hydroelectric turbines.   The water battery system is tied into a mico-grid in Refshaleøen and a control center monitors & controls the flow of energy (water) to the local grid.  Battery H20 has enough storage capacity to power the nearly 2,000,000 SF development for 2.5 days of no solar or wind energy input.

Battery H20 is also a public park to anchor the redevelopment of Refshaleøen, a former shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark.  In this park, people will come to gather, recreate and wander amongst a series of monoliths made from re-purposed oil tanker hulls, the most recognizable symbol of the Carbon age.  However, the hulls are now filled with water as a medium to store electrical power.  A regenerative site plan re-introduces a Baltic Sea coastal ecosystem and acts as a filter to cleanse the water of Copenhagen Harbor.  Additional program is added to the site, creating attractions to draw visitors to this far-flung corner of the harbor and spur the redevelopment of Refshaleøen .

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Autotroph collaborated with the following people in the development of Battery H2O:

James Stodgel of Only Green Design

Daniel Martinez of Martinez Design Group

Brian Combs of Santa Fe Community College Sustainable Technologies Center

Erin English of Biohabitats