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Sun (H)eat

Salone del Mobile , 2012



Projectpartners: BASF, HfG Karlsruhe – UdK Berlin – ENSCI
Collaboration: Joël Dunkl
Timeframe: 2 weeks
Materials: Plexiglass, Beechwood, PU-foam, lacquer

The amount of solar energy reaching the earth’s surface is five thousand times as high as the amount that humanity needs to cover its complete energy demand. The potential of solar energy thus is enormous and its role in the upcoming shift towards renewable energy sources is very important. BASF has developed a plastic, which, unlike solar pannels, uses the solar energy directly for heating or cooling. In this collaborative project (between BASF, Hfg Karlsruhe, UdK Berlin and ENSCI) new ideas and concepts for the direct use of solar energy were to be developed and the possibility of implementing the technology into urban or domestic contexts was to be explored.

«Sun (H)eat» uses the sun's energy in the field of catering for events of any kind and dimension in urban space. A kitchen module can be mounted to the modular rooftop structure to enable the local and immediate use of the acquired energy, while the modules can be added up arbitrarily, their amount varying according to the size of the event. The roofs both act as thermophotovoltaic devices and as shelter from sun and rain. In a simple way, the system also demonstrates to a large audience how solar energy can be used effectively – from a sun shade to a soup kitchen.