Inflatable Solar Panels Zip Together To Power Most Anything

Illustration by Studio Formwork

This lightweight, inflatable solar panel concept brings renewable energy access to any building and without that pesky renovation.

Each eye-shaped piece has a white foam shell that measures 4 feet by 2.5 feet. Inside the foam housing is an inflatable polymer lined with thin-film solar cells printed on mylar. The pieces can then zip together for a variety of configurations. In lieu of costly renovation for conventional panels, the configurable pieces would provide easy solar-power access to most any building . The foam housings can be strung with wire or structural tubing to meet the needs of any structure.

The pieces could also be used for completely off-grid temporary structures.

Illustration by Studio Formwork

Illustration by Studio Formwork

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