Solar Skywalks Energetic Activation of Footbridges by Peter Kuczia

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Solar Skywalks

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Energetic Activation of Footbridges

INSPIRATION:
World's metropolises have a large number of pedestrian bridges traversing busy traffic arteries. They are often unattractive, downgrading the overall urban impression. Our idea of cladding the pedestrian bridges with aesthetic, power generating photovoltaic modules and transforming them into attractive city spots is not only sustainable , but creates a sculptural diversity that becomes an eye-catcher in the cityscape.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This sustainable concept has been created for existing footbridges in Beijing but it is just as well to apply for any new structures in any site. With only one rectangular shape of PV panel, over 80 specific designs have been created for different urban areas of the city. The electricity harvested from the sun can be used on site for lighting, elevators or escalators. E-car and e-bike charging stations under the foot bridges utilize the locally generated solar energy directly on site.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The eye-catching structures attract the attention of passers-by and this is to be used to educate about sustainability. The idea of using them as sources of informal education for sustainability is crucial to the project. The implemented display measures will provide passing persons with information about various aspects of the use of solar energy and thus lead to a better understanding and acceptance of solar solutions. This will be beneficial to society and to the environment.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project has been developed in Germany since 2018. Two mockups built in Shanghai and Munich demonstrate the feasibility of the system, which enables the construction of effective and reliable structures even for different climate zones.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The applied thin-film CIGS photovoltaic modules produce electricity under the most unfavorable weather and site conditions. They are lightweight and very resilient. Retrievable, prefabricated mounting systems are aesthetic and easy to assembly

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
A design of a medium size footbridge with a medium density of panels - like "The Arches" - with its 10 rectangular portals can generate about 18,000 KWh of electricity per year. Since the electricity mix in China is very carbon-intensive, 0.7 kg CO2 per KWh of PV electricity could be saved, a total of 12,600 kg CO2. If the electricity generated in this example would be used to operate charging stations for electric scooters (in China these are rather slow, small scooters that need about 1 kWh for 100 m), the amount of electricity generated would be sufficient for a total distance of 1,800,000 km!

TAGS:
Solar Energy, BIPV, Photovoltaic, Kuczia, Sustainable Architecture

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2020-02-27 13:09:18

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Rendering: nomadd+

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Avancis GmbH

PROFILE:
Avancis is one of the pioneers of thin-film photovoltaics and has the most experience in commercial series production of CIS solar modules. The transformation of solar energy into electricity is one of the most sophisticated technologies and will be an essential cornerstone of future energy supply. Avancis is driving the shift to a global energy supply from renewable energy sources through innovation, globalization and the latest CIS technology.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Solar Skywalks Energetic Activation of Footbridges by Peter Kuczia is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Solar Skywalks Energetic Activation of Footbridges by Peter Kuczia is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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