Museum Adds Building That Meets Its Own Power Needs

October 01, 2004

Photo of the facade of the Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota uses a ground-source heat pump powered by electricity from a PV roof.

The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul opened an energy-efficient addition this summer that supplies its own energy. The museum designed the Science House as a "zero-emissions building" designed to produce 100% of its energy onsite.

The new building incorporates a ground-source heat pump powered by electricity generated from a photovoltaic (PV) roof. When the Science House produces more electricity than it needs, it can transmit the extra power to the main museum building. The Science House was partially funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Source: Rebuild America's August 2004 edition of RBAzine.