Carlo Ratti Associati has proposed a micro-algae-covered roofing system that would help to generate energy, and also be used for pharmaceuticals. While the structure is just a prototype for now, hopefully the idea will catch on and turn multiple roofs into efficient sources of energy.
Considering how much roof space is available across the world, as well as the amount of sunlight these areas receive, this new design could be revolutionary for lessening the harm energy-producing chemicals have on the environment. The roof is part of the 'Future Food District Project,' and is currently found at Milan University until the 18th of April, 2014.
As long as people can get over the idea of algae growing on their roofs all day, this design could be extremely useful to people all over the world.
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