Carlo ratti associati, an international innovation and design office located in Torino, Italy, and Dubai’s Museum of the Future showcase the first operative prototype their so-called ‘Sun & Shade’ during the 2017 World Government Summit under this year’s motto ‘Reimagining Climate Change ‘. Sun & Shade is a partially shading and sun reflecting canopy. It consists of parallelly arranged rows with many dynamic mirrors.
Why dynamic mirrors?
In contrast to common black photovoltaic panels, Sun & Shade’s design appears more fashionable. This is probably a real advantage considering the implementation in city centers. The mirrors are mounted on a double axis and follow the course of the sun like flowers. The sun rays are redirected and focused in an ideal focal point to generate clean electricity by using a concentrator cell located at a safe distance.
”In developing Sun & Shade we were inspired by the Middle Eastern tradition of shadowing in architecture and public space”, says Carlo Ratti, a founding partner of Carlo Ratti Associati and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
Sun & Shade – Urban Shading, Fashionable Design & Renewable Power Generation Rolled Into One
The area underneath the roof is not shaded completely. Small openings allow light to shine through and thus ensure a pleasantly bright and relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, the small holes avoid heat accumulation – in order to prevent a heating-up like in a greenhouse. In the end, Sun & Shade cools down the space below and generates emission-free energy. Furthermore, the system can be integrated both in new buildings and during renovation work.
“We are excited to debut Sun&Shade at the ‘Reimagining Climate Change’ exhibition in Dubai, and to showcase its incredible potential for helping cities adapt to climate change”, says Antonio Atripaldi, project manager at Carlo Ratti Associati: “The canopy is half power infrastructure, half architecture for public space. With its hybrid nature, it allows us more control over our surroundings. In the near future, we can imagine extending the canopy to cover streets or open squares in hot, arid climates such as Dubai’s, allowing people to enjoy the outdoors all year round. Conversely, in a cold place we could concentrate rays underneath the canopy, to heat the environment.”
The Museum of the Future, initiated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, focuses on the future of technology, science and innovation – this year only in the realms of climate change by presenting innovative solutions regarding food, water, and urban environments.