The Sun&Shade canopy is based on an array of mirrors that track the sun. Much like a sunflower, each mirror can move on a double axis and reflect the sun’s rays away from the ground – allowing the precise control of the desired level of shading and natural cooling underneath. Reflected rays, in turn, are concentrated on a photovoltaic receiver, located a safe distance away, that generates electric power. The result is a system whose applications can be extraordinary in terms of climate comfort, potentially allowing vast outdoor portions of cities such as Dubai to become inhabitable all year long, while producing clean energy for the community.
Design: Carlo Ratti Associati
Venue: “Reimagining Climate Change”, Museum of the Future, Dubai