Clean Energy Structures
How we do it
we maximize energy generation and minimize energy consumption in the built environment.
What we do
It produces structures with free electricity, or, electricty with a free structure.
Expandable & Reconfigurable
Built by You
Generating New Ideas. Solving Big Problems.
A hydronic heating and cooling system can run through the Iron Matrix structure storing excess energy in thermal mass.
Iron Matrix can generate and store energy cheaper than fossil fuels.
Iron Matrix Home can Generate
kWh of electricity per day
dollars saved on annual Energy Bills
and kilograms of C02 each year
Why we’re different
In 2017, solar panels became cheaper than structural plywood. However, traditional building structures would stress a solar panel in unacceptable ways. Tempered glass can not be cut or subject to tension or compression.
Iron Matrix was designed to be a lower cost, strong structural steel framework that allows solar panels to be mounted directly to it.
Interior designs can be fully customized to create the look and feel of any traditional home.
The Iron Matrix Prototype
The structure was built to ‘lock-up’ in 100 days by only 2 people in 2017/18. No cranes, no scaffolding and no heavy equipment. All materials were transported down a 300 meter dirt track on a trailer behind a four wheel drive.
There are 41 solar panels in total. 30 on the North-East and North-West walls. It is estimated that these panels will have ~50% efficiency but are effectively free given they are as cheap as almost all other cladding materials. 11 more panels are used as solar awnings to provide ~30kWh of energy per day.
The prototype home will be 100% off-grid with a hydronic HVAC system and a 24 Volt DC power system throughout. It is located in a bushfire hazard zone (BAL 12.5) and will collect all rainwater.
The patented structural steel parts are removed from within the structure to create rooms during or after construction. Foundations are made from the same Iron Matrix steel parts, cut to suit the topography of any site.
They understand the energy of yesterday and the energy of tomorrow.
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