Leaf-like Solar Shade Both Functional, Educational

Veil Solar Shade

Buro North, a design firm located in Melbourne, Australia, has partnered with Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) to develop this interesting solar-collecting sun shade called the "Solar Shade" for Australian elementary schools.  The Solar Shade concept is part educational and part functional.  Of course, when used in clusters, Solar Shades provide a shaded gathering place that generates energy for the school.  But in addition, the device demonstrates and educates students on the dynamics of harvesting solar energy.  The foundation of the Solar Shade includes LED lights that provide feedback as to whether the orientation is/is not optimal.  When the LEDs turn red, students can grab the handle and rotate the device to absorb more of the sun’s rays.   Although still a concept, it’s kind of a cool idea — maybe enthusiasm for the project will push it into production?

Solar Shade

LED Orientation


Sun Direction

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  • paulinstl

    i like how all the shadows point various directions in the top photo.

  • http://GreenModernKits.com Copeland Casati

    I just took my 4 year old to her annual visit with the pediatrician. “We are starting to see melanoma in the tops of children’s heads, so please put hats on your children.”

    I asked her directly why she thought that was.
    “The thinning ozone layer.”

    Solar shades in schoolyards it is.

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    @Copeland Casati – agree completely, shade’s a healthy thing.

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