Design and multi-functional urban furniture powered by solar energy
Produced in collaboration with the design agency Métalobil and Libre Energie, the intelligent solar bench is an original urban furniture integrating ASCA® photovoltaic modules. Installed at the King Adballah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), it offers a double resting space where one can lean or lie down. For this structure, the ASCA® photovoltaic film was a true source of inspiration for Metalobil, which created an object that reflects the flexibility and winding of the modules, and also the sun, an inexhaustible source of energy. The result is a piece of furniture that works with sunlight, whose circular shape is thought as an element that can be interlocked to repeat its geometry in an infinite way, without beginning or end.
Thin and flexible, 6 transparent ASCA® modules integrated behind polycarbonate plates follow the curves of the structure. They produce electricity stored in a battery located under the seat for a 100% autonomous furniture. Users can recharge their electronic devices via two USB ports. Highly sensitive to light, the ASCA® film also detects the decrease in light at dusk, which automatically switches on the bench lighting thanks to LEDs integrated into the structure.
"One of the unique properties of organic photovoltaics (OPV) is their semi-transparency. This characteristic leads to many new opportunities for applications in building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) such as glass windows, greenhouses, architectural structures or even as we see here, a solar bench for KAUST campus."
Design thinking and planSeptember - December 2018
Electrical and mechanical designJanuary - March 2019
|Design and manufacture of the bench||Métalobil|
|Design of the electrical system||Libre Energie|
|Design and production of modules||ASCA|
Surface area: 3m²
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)