Designer and architect Margot Krasojevic recently revealed designs for this futuristic home concept, called the Hydroelectric Tidal House, in which tidal wave power is harnessed to generate energy. The idea proposes the construction of a structure with an outer and inner shell. The concrete outer shell anchors the house to the beach and uses solar cells to provide an electrical supply to the living area.
The inner shell, made from lightweight aluminum, is more fluid, rising and falling with the changing of the tide. Krasojevic explains, “Tides are more predictable than solar and wind energy making it simpler to find an appropriate location to harness this renewable energy source.”
A two-part turbine system features, first, a type of lightweight aluminum turbine that reacts to waves by compressing air and creating an electrical current similar to wind turbines; and second, a type of turbine that uses magnets moving through copper wire tubes to generate electrical currents as waves push and pull on the exterior chambers.