Zero Emission Luminaires, 2006 (with Jan Kattein)
The Zero Emission Luminaires, will be part of the infrastructure of the city of the future. They are powered by methane gas, which is produced when organic substances ferment. In an anaerobic environment, and with a constant temperature of 30-35 degrees Celsius, enough gas is produced to fill the expandable gas containers. These prototypes were tested in Caroline Street in Blackpool where the residents welcomed the idea of an ecologically sound solution to their street lighting. Anything is suitable for fermentation and from potato peels to donkey manure, Blackpool has plenty. At night, the gas produced will be used to light the lamp filament and illuminate the street. When the organic material is spent it will make an excellent fertiliser for your garden.