The house that powers itself – Nissan – MSN Innovation UK

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The house that powers


The Mirai Nihon was designed in the wake of the Japanese

What would life be without a reliable source of It’s a question that Japanese people were to confront in March 2011, the Tōhoku Earthquake and resulting caused widespread power in coastal regions of the country. An wall of seawater rushed devastating many communities and damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant.

A nerve-wracking few days as teams of scientists and the emergency struggled to contain the meltdown.

The triggered a period of soul-searching the country, and indeed the wider – particularly in terms of how energy be generated and consumed, and what we each play in this Most of us take it for granted when we flick a switch, the will come on, or that our devices will beep and into life. But as the Japanese showed, the energy infrastructure we upon is more fragile we might like to think.

Energy supply and demand be an even more pressing in future. We simply can’t burning fossil fuels to energy for a growing world yet few countries are willing or able to all their energy from sources. Blackouts are predicted to as overstretched grids reach limit; the risk of these in England and Wales over the is at its highest since 2008.

Meanwhile, the rising cost of our homes is pushing more and people into fuel

There are no easy solutions to problems. However, increasing of people see living off-grid as a in the right direction. Generally, means their home is not to the national grid, public supply, sewer, gas or similar It’s a bold move, countless lifestyle changes.

But the can be great: more control your energy usage, financial savings and less to the environment.

In recent years the of tools designed to help the switch to an off-grid lifestyle has From rain water systems, to composting toilets and solar panel kits, off-griders can now find most of the they need to build or their home and lifestyle – FlameStower, a new device that can a mobile phone by harnessing the from a fire. But for the ultimate in living, look no further the Mirai Nihon (Future house.


In the wake of the Fukushima a group of 20 companies came to design the house, which is fit for a where more of us are living

Among these companies was responsible for the pioneering fully vehicle LEAF, which its knowledge of green and zero technology to help develop a design.

The house features a array to harvest energy the sun, and can also draw from the Nissan LEAF an innovative LEAF to Home conversion process. The car’s can produce up to 24kw per hour, and the house for two whole days. it seems, is willing to look the motor industry in order to the kind of innovations that lead to a more sustainable

The house itself is a simple, box made from engineered and plywood, which can fit on the back of a for easy transportation to the site it will be situated. A home management system allows the of the house to monitor and control energy consumption, thereby they optimise their efficiency. Even the water is off-grid: Mirai Nihon’s purification system is able to out heavy metals and radioactive from seawater.

The creators the house could work in much any city or village the world. What’s more, it can be updated with new off-grid and inventions to ensure it’s as energy efficient as possible. In if you’ve got the money you can even buy one – providing you’re happy to pay for the costs from Japan.

Living off-grid can teach us lessons about how we use energy, how we it for granted, and how, in future, we can to do more with less of it. The residents of Mirai Nihon, a Japanese artist and her partner, found the experience made feel much more of the natural world and their within it. It’s a sentiment by many people who choose to off-the-grid. Who knows, perhaps be one of them one day…

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