UrbanTile - Concept Design for Sustainable Energy

This blog is aimed at showing how green design can help our lives and contribute to our wellbeing. The product that you see left is a great example of exactly this. It was designed by Meidad Marzan, an industrial design student from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Its name is UrbanTile - a small solar panel that can be flipped to reveal a light-emitting screen. Banded together into rows, the panels make a window blind that forms a light or an entertainment display. It will use the solar energy that city buildings absorb during the day for their lighting needs at night. 

UrbanTile was Merzan’s graduation project for his course in the Industrial Design Dept. at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. The Urban. The panels could be made from aluminum and stainless steel, featuring an OLED screen on one side and photovoltaic panel on the other. Incorporating electrical motors to move them, they could be programmed to turn automatically at different times of the day. Designed to be mounted into windows, the panels could be turned to rest at various angles allowing light in during the day whilst absorbing solar energy.

In the evening, the OLED screens would be turned to face indoors to light up rooms and also provide a bank of screens for media playback. At night, the light emitting side could also be turned outwards to produce engaging patterns of light

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