Rumah bambu bertenaga surya

Universitas Tonji Shanghai membuat rumah bambu bertenaga surya. Panel surya pada atap dan dinding rumah tersebut menghasilkan daya listrik sebesar 9 kW. Rumah dengan satu kamar tidur dan satu ruang tamu tersebut dirancang dengan menggabungkan arsitektur bangunan khas Cina dan teknologi terkini. Ia memiliki sistem kendali suhu dan kelembaban, sistem isolasi panas, dan taman berdinding bambu.

[ENGLISH] from Sun-Powered Bambu House Sprouts at Solar Decathlon Europe [Inhabitat]

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Tonji University Shanghai’s Bambu House at the European Solar Decathlon is a beautiful sun-powered abode inspired by nature. It has two elegant sloping roofs and is almost entirely constructed from bamboo. Its impressive solar array generates 9 kilowatts of electricity which powers its one bedroom, one living room layout. We love how the house combines traditional Chinese architecture with state of the art technology — it has temperature and humidity control systems, high-level thermal insulation systems, and a bamboo enclosed garden.

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Tonji University’s team has 20 members and is composed of doctors, postgraduates, and undergraduate students who range across many disciplines — from architecture and urban planning to energy development. They hope that their solar-powered house can help promote their forward-thinking ideas about renewable energy use in residential urban areas. The team has spent six months designing and constructing the house from scratch and they are hoping their hard work will pay off. Structurally, the house is strongly influenced by traditional Chinese architecture but with a tinge of the efficient look of contemporary architecture.

The Solar Decathlon Europe kicked off with a bang today and Inhabitat is on the scene to provide a first peek at the amazing sun-powered architecture on display. The European Solar Decathlon is the sister of the US Solar Decthalon — which we covered in Washington DC this past October — and was organized in a partnership between Government of Spain’s Ministry of Housing and the United States Government. The decathlon is taking place all through next week in Madrid, so stay tuned to Inhabitat as we bring you a front seat view of all the action!

+ Tonji University Shanghai
+ Solar Decathlon Coverage on Inhabitat


Voltaic Systems | Solar Backpack

Link: Voltaic Systems | Solar Backpack

The Voltaic Solar Backpack is built tough for use on a weekend hike bag or as a computer bag. The Backpack has pockets and wire channels for multiple electronic devices and 1,850 cubic inches of storage space.

  • 4.5 watts of solar power, a fast solar charger. To charge a laptop, see the Generator.
  • The solar panels protect fragile items inside
  • Included battery pack which stores power until you need it
  • 10 adapters for easy connection to handheld electronics
  • Fully padded laptop sleeve for up to a 17” laptop (16.5” x 11” x 3” or 42cm x 28cm x 7cm)
  • Wire channels throughout the bag for headphones, bladder tubes etc.
  • Adjustable phone / MP3 pouch on the shoulder
  • Removable waist strap
  • High density padding in the shoulder straps and back
  • Mesh backing material for better air flow
  • Shell uses 600D fabric made from recycled PET (soda bottles), which is tough, water resistant and light weight

Portable Light

Link: Portable Light

More than 2 billion people live without electricity, most in extreme poverty. The Portable Light Project creates new ways to provide renewable power in solar textiles that can be adapted to meet the needs of people in different cultures and global regions.

Portable Light textiles with flexible solar materials and solid state lighting enable the world’s poorest people to create and own energy harvesting bags, blankets, and clothing using local materials and traditional weaving and sewing techniques in an open source model. Portable Light enables people in the developing world to benefit from flexible solar nano-technology and accelerates the movement to clean energy worldwide.

For more information about the Portable Light Project, visit the KVArch website.

Flat parabolic mirror is not an oxymoron!

Link: Flat parabolic mirror is not an oxymoron!

Everyone knows what a parabolic reflector is, right? It’s supposed to be a curved surface that collects energy by converging it towards a focus. Parabolic reflectors were invented a very long time ago and have been used in satellite dishes, spot lights and car headlights to name a few. They are also widely used for alternative energy projects to concentrate solar energy for heating and cooking.
Dominic (designer of the flexible solar vest, the solar dryer, and camel milk cooler for Somalia) thinks that the parabolic mirror should lose it’s shape which is an obstacle, to transportation and function.

So how does the flat parabolic mirror work? Dominic has cut inch wide 2 foot long pieces of flexible acrylic mirrors and arranged them at specifically computed angles. When angled towards the sun, this creates a perfectly focused beam of light.