External Refrigirator
November 25, 2010, 12:01 pm
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Two years in China provided the inspiration for Nicolas Hubert’s external refrigerator. Fixed directly on the outside wall of residential buildings, the concept is an elaboration on a way of life in northern China where food is kept on balconies in the winter to save space and energy. During cold seasons and at night, the low external temperatures are used to provide the right climate for items in the fridge. During warmer weather, the sun is used to transform light into energy through solar panels. Nicolas reflects Electrolux design values: the shape and finish are kept pure and simple so as to ensure easy integration with the external urban environment, whilst a range of colours and ambient lighting facilitate this further still.

via:: Electrolux Design lab


Hybrid Solar lighting
June 24, 2010, 11:17 am
Filed under: Architecture, biomimicry & Ecology, interior design, technology | Tags: , ,

The SolarPoint™ Lighting system, also called hybrid solar lighting, consists of a roof-mounted SolarPoint™ Platform, a 45’ long plastic fiber optic bundle, and a number of special “hybrid” luminaires. The technology concentrates natural sunlight into a small bundle of optical fibers that “pipe” sunlight directly into a building or enclosure. Special lighting fixtures called hybrid luminaires diffuse light throughout the space, delivering up to 25,000 peak lumens. The hybrid luminaires blend the natural light with existing artificial lighting to provide controllable interior lighting. As sunlight levels increase and decrease, a daylight harvesting controller automatically increases or decreases the co-located artificial lighting proportionally, providing significant energy savings during daylight hours.

via:: sunlight direct

A True Solar lighter
December 18, 2009, 2:01 pm
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This Solar Spark Lighter is said to be the only pocket-sized solar lighter. It is actually a stainless steel parabolic mirror, which is designed to focus the sun’s energy to a precise focal point. Recommended for backpacking, boating, hiking and as a survival tool. It’s priced at $9.95 and is available from Sundance Solar.

via:: sundance solar

helios car concept
November 28, 2009, 8:09 pm
Filed under: automotive, biomimicry & Ecology, energy | Tags: , , , ,

The Helios Concept is a design study of a solar energy-powered off-road sporty vehicle. The body integrates a system of large photovoltaic panels that increases the energy charging capacity.  It was designed by Kim Gu-Han from Universität Duisburg-Essen – Germany. The Helios is an electric off-road vehicle use powered by solar energy. To increase the surface area of the photovoltaic panels, when not in motion the upper surface of the car transform into a large “fan” with four wings to store more energy or to serve as an energy station. This transformable design was inspired by natural evolution – some animals have developed a stretchable skin to absorb more sunlight.

via:: carbodydesign