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id sigradi2012_187
authors Sharif, Shani; Gentry, T Russell; Yen, Jeannette; Goodman, Jose N
year 2012
title Kinetic Solar Panels: A Transformative and Expandable Geometric System for Photovoltaic Structures
source SIGraDi 2012 [Proceedings of the 16th Iberoamerican Congress of Digital Graphics] Brasil - Fortaleza 13-16 November 2012, pp. 649-652
summary This paper focuses on the applications of geometrically transformable and expandable structures with deployed “energy production mode and retracted “wind shedding” mode to replace the fixed photovoltaic (PV) panels and racking systems currently used in buildings rooftop installations. The significance of this expandable geometric system relies on its embedded motion grammar, i.e. rotation and translation transformations, in the system. The research draws inspiration from reconfiguration of compound tree leaves in nature, and addresses issues of redesign and modeling challenges that led to digital fabrication of the prototype.
keywords Kinetic system, photovoltaic panels, geometric transformation, motion grammar, parametric modeling
series SIGRADI
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