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Compact solar home

October 13, 2009
Designers over at System Design Studio have designed a new prefab home, which with its abilities and self-sufficiency might transform our knowledge of a “modular home”. The basic concept of the home consists of a module, which meets the daily living needs of an ordinary household. The basic living space has three standalone units – bathroom, kitchen and storage. The rest of the space can be used to add more modules that can be used as living rooms, children’s rooms and bedrooms.
The units can be moved by means of a rail system, which enables the owners to modify their home in anyway they like to. Additional modules can be added vertically and horizontally to the basic module allowing the owners to resize their home according to their needs. The home has been designed around an array of solar modules that generate enough electricity to illuminate the interiors with LED lights. Rainwater is collected via an adapted system on the roof, which captures and processes rainwater for non-potable uses. Overall it makes sure that you don’t pollute the environment by constructing your dream house and also promises that you won’t have to pay a single cent in electricity bills all through your life.
The design seems practical, but with all that technology in place we’re not sure if the actual house will be affordable. Moreover, since the modules are movable, the integrity of the house in case of a storm is questionable.

Solar-powered beach rescue system

October 13, 2009
Rescue at sea is one of the most critical jobs in the world, where seconds can make a difference between life and death. For now we depend on lifeguards and their ability to swim, while we try surfing on the largest of the tides. Designer Davide Anzalone wants to improve the process with a solar-powered system he calls the “TESEO+ARIANNA,” where Arianna is the tower which hosts solar panels and charges the batteries and Teseo is an electric rescue vehicle.
While the lifeguard is examining the shores for any problem, solar energy charges a battery pack. In case of a mishap the lifeguard removes a battery from the pack and inserts it into an electric rescue vehicle, inflates his life jacket and races to the sea along with the Teseo. Once at sea the Teseo takes the lifeguard to the needy and uses an autopilot command from Arianna to get both the savior and the saved back home.