It is obvious that solar panels work at full efficiency when they are correctly oriented towards the sun. The problem is that the sun changes position all day long. And your unfortunate solar panels, securely fixed to the roof, are forced to wait for Apollo's return.
What if the house turns and follows the movement of the sun? Like a sunflower. That's what Spanish architects imagined when they invented this phototropic house.
IYou should have thought of that. As the Earth rotates, simply move the house with it to give it the best exposure to the sun. The solar panels that provide its energy are always directed towards the best possible energy source.
The roof of the building is covered with solar panels and moves following the sun like a sunflower.
The sunflower effect is created by a combination of two movements: the rotation of the building itself, by about 180° throughout the day, and the rotation of the photovoltaic panels, to ensure the optimal 90° inclination of this surface in relation to the sun.
But that's not all: this variable-geometry house brings the building to life by creating a dynamic between the exterior and interior spaces. This is what Manuel Vieira Lopes, founder of Casas Em Movimento. If the solar panels that supply this house with energy are always properly oriented, their efficiency is multiplied by a factor of five. Therefore, the system provides more energy than is needed for domestic use, allowing the homeowners to sell the surplus.
In this dynamic house, the rooms change position according to the movement of the house. The construction is made up of modules allowing the inhabitants to adapt the movements of each room to their needs. Manuel Lopes gives an example: "In the morning, the kitchen can be smaller, while in the evening it could be integrated into the living room to provide a pleasant setting for the whole family. "This mobility is automatically controlled by an application that can be changed at will.
The interior spaces are adapted to the inhabitants, offering mobile spaces. The walls move thanks to an assisted drive system. In the same space it is thus possible to create a bedroom, living room, dining room or office. This versatility of the spaces allows a more efficient use of the available floor space.
The architects have been working on their project since 2008 in collaboration with the University and School of Architecture of Porto (Portugal). They plan to market their idea by May 2016 and are currently building a five-storey house in Portugal, based on the same principle, which can be oriented separately.