Excellent Science INNOVATION
Design and demonstration of a Microbial Fuel Cell for applications in Living Architecture
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LIQUIFER SYSTEMS GROUP GMBH
VIENNA, AT
Small or Medium Enterprise
EXPLORA SRL
ROMA, IT
Small or Medium Enterprise
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL
BRISTOL, UK
Higher Education Institute / Research Centre
The EU-funded Research Project
This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project LIAR with an end date of 30/06/2019
Description of Project LIAR
Living Architecture (LIAR) is a modular bioreactor-wall, which is based on the operational principles of microbial fuel cell technology and synthetic ‘consortia’ of microbes. LIAR is conceived as a next-generation selectively-programmable bioreactor and integral component of human dwelling, capable of extracting valuable resources from waste water and air, generation of oxygen and production of proteins and fiber by manipulating consortia performance. Its operational principles are grounded in distributed sensing, decentralised autonomous information processing, high-degree of fault-tolerance and distributed actuation and reconfiguration. Applications within urban systems are examined as a form of customizable micro-agriculture for installation in domestic, public (schools, hospitals) and office environments. Such a system has far reaching impacts on the building performance (resilience, resource recycling) manufacturing and design with ecosystems.The project establishes: • Foundational concepts through which ‘designed’ metabolisms can computationally process, recycle, remediate and synthesise valuable compounds from waste water. • Transferable principles by which synthetic ecosystems can shape the environmental performance of our living spaces to increase our health, productivity and ecosystems impact.• New standards for synthetic ‘ecosystems’ through consortia design, engineering and optimization.

Innnovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 08/07/2019.