THE VISION FOR A GREEN EARTH
The vast changes in political and economic climate in the 80s and 90s led to a new, global way of thinking, and outlined novel issues for humankind to engage in. The most problematic of all has been the preservation and restoration of the living nature on Earth, by preventing and reversing the processes of environmental degradation.
Back in 1995, Dr. Randolph Allen St. James witnessed firsthand the vast industrialization of the coastal area in South-East China. It was during these days, when it was made clear how heavy the costs of such development could be.
According to statistics, buildings and buildings’ construction sectors combined are responsible for 36% of the global final energy consumption, and for nearly 40% of the total direct and indirect CO2 emissions. As population on Earth grows, homes and other types of constructions are expected to multiply in order to satisfy the needs for a civilized life of every human being. Nowadays, most buildings receive the energy they need from external grids. Reversing this situation is viewed as a primary task in the struggle for a naturally-compatible artificial environment. Borrowing from biomimicry, using plant skins as models, and applying biophilic engineering principles, all building facades can be transformed into smart energy-harvesting tools that sustain the energy needs of each construction, and allow more intensive interactions with the surrounding medium, providing adaptability as in the living species.
THE “NEWLY FALLOWED FIELD”
In late 2006, Dr. Allen St. James has developed his concept of the transformation process, and he initiates a number of in-depth group discussions with many environmentally-conscious scientists and engineers at Caltech and MIT, USA. As a result, a strategy of how this problem might be addressed and solved, or at least mitigated, has been drawn. Several enthusiasts that took part in the discussions, came to the conclusion that the realization of the ideas in the strategy, required an organization which could work systematically, not only to disseminate these ideas, but also to boost the necessary technological development. Thus, Freschfield (“Newly Fallowed Field”) was born.
SOLAR ENERGY AS THE KEY
Solar energy is the only source of power that we have enough supply of. It has been estimated that the disposable resources in terms of biomass, wind, wave, geothermal and nuclear energy, are not enough to cut the CO2 levels and to cover more than twice the amount required to feed every human by 2050. On the other hand, solar power generation is a meaningful tool in limiting climate risks only when it can compete with other electricity sources on cost. A power flow of 120 000 TW (terawatt) showers the Earth as photons from the sun reach the atmosphere. Approximately 1/10 000 (20 TW) of the sunlight reaching the Earth would be enough to supply the whole world with energy. However, because of the diffuse and intermittent character of solar power (about 170W/m2), conversion into useful forms of energy has to involve concentration and storage.
Freschfield has invented advanced smart skins for sustainable buildings worldwide. GridX is implementing a sophisticated quantum technology that offers both a transparent and opaque solutions with higher efficiency than all current BIPV technologies, by capturing the spectrum of infrared and ultraviolet light. We have created a new clean technology that could operate not only during the day, but also in low light, or even at night. Our technology makes it possible for the first time in history to actually integrate smart sustainable energy systems into the structural envelope of a building, thereby making any part of the structure both intelligent and net energy positive, and achieving a building outcome that is both affordable and attractive.