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Energy network – Natural Fuse by tutor
January 5, 2011, 1:57 pm
Filed under: 2010-11, reading

This is the first post about the inspiring projects by Haque Design + Research studio.

Their project “Natural Fuse” is an example of simple argument and clear technical paramenters delivering innovative solutions. The project explores energy usage in relation to plants and CO2 emission:

“”Natural fuse” is a micro-scale carbon dioxide overload protection framework that works locally and globally, harnessing the carbon-sinking capabilities of plants. Generating electricity to power the electronic products that populate our lives has consequences on the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere, which in turn has detrimental environmental effects.”

“Natural Fuses allow only a limited amount of energy to be expended; that amount is limited by the amount of CO2 that can be absorbed by the plants that are growing in the system – natural “circuit breakers”. By networking them together, the plants are able to share their capacity and take advantage of carbon-sinking-surplus in the system since not all Natural Fuses will be in use at any one time.”

“If people cooperate on energy expenditure then the plants thrive (and everyone may use more energy); but if they don’t then the network starts to kill plants, thus diminishing the network’s electricity capacity.”

For more on Natural Fuse and other inspiring interactive projects by Haque click here

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Very elegant design…

Though the only true equilibriums are (a) all devices “off”, or (b) all devices “selfish” and all plants dead!

(…if you consider it in terms of game theory, as they mention. Arguably, the rational decision for a unit is to be “selfish” always, even at the risk of the fatal scenario where two devices are “selfish”, because there is a very low chance that your unit is the one that will die. It’s a system where each unit naturally tends away from collaboration, even though it’s beneficial for the bigger picture!)

Perhaps it could also reward (store?) unused energy as well as punishing over-use, to create another (positive) equilibrium?

Comment by Alexey

Interesting point (game theory still a powerful item here though). It would be interesting if one compare it with challenging ideas like the technium from Kevin Kelly, presented in his books “What technology wants”
http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Technology-Wants-Kevin-Kelly/dp/0670022152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294673995&sr=8-1

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