03 May '12, 11am

Giant Solar Lily Pads Take Advantage of Unused Waterways for Energy

A Green Dot Award winner from ZM Architecture in the U.K. uses the concept of large lily pads , modified to attain the highest possible level of photosynthesis, as the central principle of this nature-inspired repurposing of unused waterways to capture solar energy on a utility scale. In doing so, the design also hopes to stimulate activity around the multitude of unused and largely ignored canals , rivers and tributaries around the globe, perhaps by encouraging neighborhood revitalization or the construction of new, energy efficient green housing, or simply an influx of tradespeople large and small to provide a riverside shopping and dining experience like a large, open mall. ZM Architecture calls its winning entry “Solar Lily,” and imagines that these approximately 100-foot diameter constructs are anchored to the riverbed and turned via integrated motors that function as...

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