Sunflower Solar povered Lunchbox by Edita Barabas

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Sunflower

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Solar povered Lunchbox

INSPIRATION:
Nature, reweable sources of energy

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Sunflower can change our attitude towards classical usage of electricity, allowing us to welcome solar energy into our everyday lives. It represents an alternative way of looking at standard home appliances which we use for cooling down or heating up our food. The Sunflower is a solar lunch box that combines heating and cooling technologies all in one portable appliance. It allows you to heat up or to cool down your meal while you are outdoors, giving you the convenience of the household without the attached home appliances. The food may also be kept at a constant cool temperature to keep free from bacteria. Its functionality allows you to cool down a drink while warming up your soup all from the same portable package. The Sunflower is an ecological appliance that collects the sun's energy through a series of solar panels that spread like the petals of a flower. The basic ingenuity of nature is combined with today's technology. The Sunflower represents a new way of using alternative sources of sustainable energy - a utopian way of thinking for usage in our everyday life. It represents a new philosophy of using solar energy for supplying our standard home appliances. Although having similar functionalities to today's common household appliances, the Sunflower doesn't try to replace them, but it certainly is a new challenge we can put on using them in the future.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Energy is captured from the spherical solar cells and stored within an internal battery. Power is then, at the touch of a button, used to heat up or cool down the elements within the internal compartments. When the lunch box is closed, the compartments are connected to an electrical circuit through three lids for heating and cooling at the same time or separately, depending on the user's wishes. Once opened, the electrical circuit is broken allowing you to take out the compartments individually and eat! Every pan has its own display through which you can control the heating or cooling your food. The Sunflower is ideal for people who take out their food from home to work, or for the ones who travel often. It is also the ideal portable appliance for the family while camping. For the consumer it allows a healthier way of heating food that is 100% natural comparing to microwaves which often change the taste of food and they are proven to be carcinogenic.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
February 2009 till April 2009 Faculty of Arhitecture, Design school. Product design Zagreb, Croatia

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Social Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Polypropilene, metal, solar cells. Injection moulding tehnology.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
L230cm X W142cm X 200cm

TAGS:
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RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2010-12-09 13:25:57

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Edita Barabas, 2010.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Faculty of Arhitecture, Design school, Zagreb, Croatia

PROFILE:
Faculty of Arhitecture, Design school, Product design. Frankopanska 12, 10000 Zagreb Croatia.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Sunflower Solar Povered Lunchbox by Edita Barabas is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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Sunflower Solar Povered Lunchbox by Edita Barabas is Winner in Social Design Category, 2010 - 2011.

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