Friday, February 4, 2011

Lets Bring Back the Pyramids - With Solar Power!

Don't mistake this with the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas... 
Designed by Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus and Adrian P. DeLuca the pyramid solar power complex is part of the Lunar Cubit project designed to power thousands of homes in the Abu Dhabi desert. 
The proposal placed first in the Land Art Generator Initiative, a contest which asks designers to integrate art and interdisciplinary processes with the concept of renewable energy. Each proposed project must generate enough green energy to power thousands of homes, while also serving as an innovative public art installation.
Lunar Cubit consists of eight small glossy solar panel pyramids that surround a central large pyramid in a semi circle. The pyramids act as a lunar calendar, and the central pyramid is inversely illuminated according to the phases of the moon — meaning it is at full illumination with the new moon. The surrounding smaller pyramids act like the hands of a clock for the eight phases of the lunar calendar, illuminating in different combinations to indicate the waxing or waning of the moon. Each is outfitted with energy-efficient LED lights, of course.

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