Bee Home HIIVE Duplicates the Microclimate of a Tree Cave
Bees are one of the most important pollinators and the rapid decline in pollinator population has increased environmental concerns. In order to provide bees a safer environment, a designer created the HIIVE, which has reinvented the traditional beehive with a tree cave-like structure that replicates the microclimate of bee habitat.
Honey bees are one of the crucial pollinators. Recently, a Global Risk Index was prepared by scientists to determine the dangers to pollinator species and its adverse effects on the biodiversity.
The HIIVE employs a cave-like geometry that eliminates the possibility of thermal bridging, which is a considerable source of heat loss in conventional bee boxes.
It releases the pressure off of the bees to devote energy on keeping a satisfied temperature, which eventually increases the productivity inside the hive. This innovative beehive has been developed using sustainable materials like recycled plastic, hemp wool, clay, etc.
The design, created by German industrial designer Philip Potthast, is influenced from the apis mellifera also known as the Western honey bee. The structure composes a complete modular system that is easily interchangeable. Smart sensors are also embedded to display bee’s activities.
An app is being developed to notify the beekeeper about the health and actions of the insects, expect for swarm warning to keep bees in a required natural way without controlling their swarm behavior.
The ingenious beehive got qualified for the James Dyson Award invention competition, reaching among the finalists. This new bee home is a kind of invention that we require for the conservation of pollinators.