The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project, led by the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and many industry partners, is one of the world’s first 3D printed houses. It is an entire integrated system that shares energy; it is a house, a vehicle, solar panels, energy storage and intelligent controls.
Components of the building and vehicle were 3D printed using the laboratory’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing Machine (BAAM) - one of the world’s largest and most productive 3D printers today.
The AMIE house is equipped with next-generation vacuum insulated panels, considerably thinner than traditional insulation, six times more efficient than currently available insulation products and available at a fraction of the cost, due to the new manufacturing process.
The grid and solar panels supply energy to the house; surplus energy is stored in a battery, which can power the house when the sun isn’t shining. At times of peak usage, the vehicle can also wirelessly supply energy to the house. Excess solar energy stored in the battery can then charge the vehicle’s battery.
For further information visit also the project’s website at: http://web.ornl.gov/sci/eere/amie/