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Research into titanium nanotubes has shown they have potential for producing energy from solar power.

The Engineering Research Institute is a new facility planned for Portugal’s Minho University which has been designed to break the monotony of the surrounding grey buildings. Covered in a skin inspired by solar titanium nanotubes, the research facility, designed by Portugal-base Cláudio Vilarinho Architects, seeks sustainability as an ideal in architecture, while making use of building-integrated rooftop wind turbines. The cementitious matrix facade would be prefabricated and produced with micro fibers forming a durable, long-lasting and low maintenance cladding material. The facade also acts as a rain and shade screen to protect the building from the elements.

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