This colossal solar mountain could power any place
Future designs are increasingly focused on environmental impact as the effects of climate change begin to reach historic global levels. This means that not only engineers, but also architects and artists are exploring new and unprecedented ways to reinvent their work in order to minimize intrusion into the natural environment.
Burning Man is a well-known annual event that brings many entrepreneurs to the presence of artists, allowing the development of a “Solar Mountain” to potentially power Burning Man’s 3,800 acre ranch with 300 MWG of electricity per year. less of a stretch of the imagination.
And if the design is brought to fruition, it could allow civil engineers and artists to reinvent the way we generate energy for communities around the world, in an unprecedented wave of nature-centric collaboration.
‘Solar Mountain’ could hint at the future of green architecture
The new design incorporates a gigantic assortment of solar panels spanning a gradient from a central spine. The architects behind the new project say it was inspired by the natural landscape of Fly Ranch – where Burning Man takes place. The company – literally called NUDES – believes this unconventional curved shape best fits the dynamic landscape of geysers, wetlands, and hot and cold springs. As one of 10 shortlisted proposals for the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch design competition, NUDES plans to build a modular design made from recycled wood and other environmentally friendly materials.
The Solar Mountain is made up of 182 solar panels, each with a capacity of 300 watts, and a daily potential energy production figure of approximately 318,645 kWh per year. And unlike, say, a conventional solar panel farm, Solar Mountain’s upcoming installation doubles as an interactive feature and a community center for Burning Man carpenters. “The story behind the design is divided into three parts: developing energy, interacting and playing,” said NUDES founder and director Nuru Karim, in a My modern met report.
As the litany of solar panels move outward from the central spine, they spawn a semi-covered walkway for people – where patterns of curious light accompany a passerby’s passage from the panel strips above. . The Solar Mountain project is now moving into its next design stage, which means that it could effectively become an artistic workshop for new approaches to sustainable architecture and engineering that we will see in the future of applications of the solar energy.
Basically, Solar Mountain’s modular design means that the technology developed in its construction could offer communities around the world new and environmentally friendly alternatives to less sustainable forms of energy. Imagine living and working in a gigantic solar-powered setting in a city as old as Rome – providing shade and electricity without damaging the ancient architecture below. Imagine!
Solar Mountain could make Burning Man more sustainable
Solar Mountain’s corrugated surface uses photovoltaic solar panels mixed with recycled wood to provide a permanent, off-grid energy source. The installation will juxtapose well with native animal species and more than 100 plant species from the region – aiming for a “seamless blend” aesthetic, to suggest to all participants that human ingenuity, communities and effort are in fact complementary to the environment, rather than a burden. Each solar panel in the facility is 100 feet (30 m) long, between 16 feet and 100 feet (5 m to 30 m) wide, and reaches a maximum height of 50 feet (15 m). Obviously, a gigantic structure in the middle of the desert will also provide shade for the overheated Burning Man participants.
Energy from Solar Mountain could realistically reduce Burning Man’s carbon footprint, which – not to mention the titular burning of a wooden giant that serves as the highlight of the event – has typically seen countless motor vehicles to fossil fuels to gather in the desert, making the proposal to live or find a hidden harmony with nature quite ironic, from a strictly ecological point of view. But maybe that is about to change, and Burning Man will become a real force for good in the world. Everything is possible.