Tuesday, 05 Oct, 2010 Environment

Solaris - Project that Uses a Myriad of Solar Panels of Different Shapes


One of the projects offered for the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition is called Solaris and was designed by Oleg Lobykin.

The structure features hundreds of photovoltaic panels that are installed in interesting patterns.

The name for the structure comes from the novel written by Stanislaw Lem. Lobykin envisioned an installation in which people could coexist with the natural environment.

It would be interesting to note that Solaris is composed of 1,418 photovoltaic panels and is planned to be constructed on a site located between Saadiyat Island and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

The designer also wanted to give a more appealing design to his installation, which is why he thought of manufacturing the solar panels in different geometric forms. The nicely-shaped panels will then be set in different patterns.

In addition, the design features a 25-meters-high dome structure that could be a visitor center and environmental science interactive museum where data on the impact of climate change worldwide would be gathered and presented, informs Land Art Generator.

With the help of multi-media exhibits, visitors will be able to connect in real time to different events that take place is specific locations on Earth, such as rainforests, glaciers etc. The solar panels will be able to generate 45MW of energy, which is enough to power the center and a number of commercial and residential buildings located nearby.

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