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IKEA’s research and design laboratory SPACE10 has unveiled their latest project, SolarVille, to showcase new ways to democratize access to clean, renewable energy. Based in Copenhagen, the team partnered with blockchain experts BLOC, Blocktech, WeMoveIdeas India and architecture practice SachsNottveit. The project explores how combining new technologies with solar power can make clean energy more affordable. The vision centers on cooperative micro-grids where homeowners can become makers and traders of clean energy.  SolarVille is built to a 1:50 scale, and designed by architecture practice SachsNottveit. The miniature wooden village is a working prototype where households can generate renewable energy using solar panels to capture the rays of an artificial sun extended above the installation. Other households automatically purchase the excess electricity generated in the community directly from the producer using blockchain technology. Anders Nottveit of SachsNottveit said that "Our design approach was to turn a very complicated, technical project into something familiar, approachable and playful.” View more View full description
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