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German and Vietnamese researchers team up
Now the innovative German scientists hope to support their Vietnamese colleagues in mastering the demanding tasks lying ahead to open up valuable, yet affordable, settlement space for the growing Vietnamese population. An international research partnership agreement is soon to be concluded between Hanoi Architectural University and BTU. At the same time, the hope is for the cooperation with their Vietnamese colleagues to facilitate an exchange of experiences, ideas and new scientific knowledge, for example as to how the pontoons for the floating constructions can be made using local materials such as bamboo instead of steel concrete or plastic.
Forward-looking technologies make floating houses self-sufficient
The smart floating houses feature forward-looking technologies which make the amenities available to their inhabitants simple yet highly effective. Wastewater is 99 % purified using membrane filter systems and smart sewage systems and septic tanks are in place. Inhabitants of the floating houses can obtain clean drinking waterfrom filtered, treated rainwater, and electricity is generated by windmills and solar collectors. Each house generates enough electricity to operate its own lighting, refrigerator, stove and mobile phone. In addition, it powers an underwater heat exchanger featuring a passive cooling-system with capillary tube mats that uses river or lake water to cool or heat the interior as required.
In accordance with local planning, the floating homes could be arranged in floating groups, lines or even villages. The technology of the floating structures uses a light-weighted and flexible assembly structure that can be adapted to the owner’s economic condition.
"Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow"
The project SCHWIMMTOUR is funded as part of the international BMBF campaign "Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow". The campaign offers 10 excellent research networks from Germany a platform to present their innovative projects for sustainable urban development abroad. It reaches out to connect strong partners from research, industry and municipalities around the world – for smart city solutions worldwide.