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Soaring Solar Airport Solution Provides Light + Energy

Foster+Partners Heathrow architecture

One of the most difficult problems of solar design is how to use the roof to make electricity, yet also to serve other purposes. For example, you might need to have a green roof for insulation, yet also want to put a solar array on it to make energy. They are competing uses for the same space, while both reduce carbon emissions.

In this case, Foster+Partners needed to design a carbon constrained, energy efficient new terminal at Heathrow that  provided an open airy skylight to reduce energy use, yet also use the roof to power the building with solar panels.

Trust Foster+Partners to find an elegant solution. Simply split open the roof in an undulating pattern, providing equal parts horizontal surfaces for solar, and vertical surfaces for light. Bottom line? An airport terminal with 40% less carbon emissions.

Foster+Partners Heathrow Solar architecture

The new building utilizes large north-facing windows in the roof to flood the building with natural light without generating uncomfortable levels of heat in the building, while using solar panels on the roof to supply part of the electricity.

Via: WorldArchitectureNews

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3 Comments so far to “Soaring Solar Airport Solution Provides Light + Energy”
  1. Chilled Water Cools MIT Physics Department : CleanTechnica Says:

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  2. G Says:

    Great concept, but looking at the design, this would only provide sky views for people facing one direction (the direction that the second rendering is taken from), which seems like a pity.

    Maybe they could make every second undulation face the opposite direction so people facing both ways get sky views…

  3. Susan Kraemer Says:

    Genius! Great idea, G

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