Mike Chino

High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities

by , 05/10/10

Hydrogenase, Vincent Callebaut, sustainable design, green design, sustainable transportation, hydrogen airship, algae power, green zeppelin, air travel

In addition to providing a clean source of renewable energy, Hydrogenase airships offer an eco-friendly means of transportation. Although certainly slower that hopping on a jet, the hybrid blimps are nearly silent and require very little infrastructure to take off and land. The architects also suggest that that the airships could provide disaster relief to remote areas and could be deployed as flying hospitals and aid centers.

Each Hydrogenase airship is covered with flexible photovoltaic cells and features a smoothly sculpted form studded with 20 wind turbines. The interior spaces feature room for housing, offices, scientific laboratories, and entertainment, and a series of bioremediating vegetable gardens provide a source of food while recycling waste.

Hydrogenase is certainly a far-off futuristic concept, but it does harness a set of technologies that are being developed today — perhaps one day in the future we’ll see fantastic ideas such as this take flight.

+ Vincent Callebaut

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  1. alexjameslowe May 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love these wild far-out ideas!

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