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August 29th, 2011
Drawing on the inspiration of the Bedouin tent of the Arabian Peninsula, architectural firm Predock Frane has designed Solaris, a solar canopy that drapes a massive area and acts both as a landscape and structure.[caption id="attachment_28893" align="aligncenter" width="466" caption="Click to Enlarge"][/caption]
The structure is entered through a tunnel passage. To make energy generation possible, intelligent solar "balloons" mounted on a light sensitive tissue form a veil that tracks the sun, adjusting to capture solar energy.[caption id="attachment_28894" align="aligncenter" width="469" caption="Click to Enlarge"][/caption] The ballons use high-concentration solar modules from the company Cool Earth. Thanks to its 25,000 solar cells, the canopy can produce an annual average of 73,000 megawatt hours. [caption id="attachment_28895" align="aligncenter" width="471" caption="Click to Enlarge"][/caption] This creation was a prize winner in the Land Art Generator competition, as was the design featured in the post Wind Energy Without Propellers.