Solar Floating Resort by Michele Puzzolante

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Solar Floating Resort by Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante sets good example for global warming.

Solar Floating Resort by Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante sets good example for global warming. Solar energy technologies such as photovoltaic panels could provide a third of the world’s energy by 2060 if politicians commit to limiting global warming. In 2011, the International Energy Agency has said that solar energy can make considerable contributions to solving the most urgent problem the world now faces, the greenhouse effect. There is more electrical energy created by the sun in one hour than the entire world use in one year. The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the planet is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth’s non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined. The development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy technologies will have huge benefits. It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating global warming, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise.

The energy from the sun could play a key role in de-carbonizing the global economy alongside improvements in energy efficiency and imposing costs on greenhouse gas emitters. “The strength of solar energy is the incredible variety and flexibility of applications, from small scale to big scale.” Paolo Frankl, the agency’s head of renewable energy. Convinced that solar energy is the solution to global warming and environment issues, industrial designer Michele Puzzolante decided to get involved in the green energy new era by inventing a unique building integrated photovoltaic concept totally self-sufficient energy generator, non-polluting and in unison with its natural surroundings. Michele Puzzolante’s invention is based on a new structural element that is composed of a fifteen millimeter outside skin and a fifteen millimeter inside skin in balsa reinforced fiberglass.

Thin films photovoltaic are integrated into the two skins to absorb sunlight energy from the outside and artificial lighting energy from the inside. Between the two skins there is a thirty centimeter vacuum insulation to protect the habitation from outside heat as well as reducing the consummation of air conditioning to the minimum. With Solar Floating Resort we enter a new era of advanced construction techniques, based on industrial design rather than traditional architecture. Solar Floating Resort has been designed with the industrial viewpoint of fabricating repetitive standard elements, using molding technology. This way, the master molds can reproduce hundreds of pieces cutting down considerably the fabrication costs, like in the car industry. Solar Floating Resort by designer Michele Puzzolante uses advanced materials, systems and techniques that have been applied successfully in the car and naval industries.

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