TOWER of Power

design concept

The shape of the design was inspired by the natural movements of nature, such as the trajectories of sun rays to the solar panel. The journey of sun beams towards the solar panel on top of the Tower of Power structure stimulated the investigation of the movements of nature. These movements include those such as the flowing of water, unravelling of plants, vegetation, shattering of rock, dispersion of gases, and general cycles of life. For this design the direct nature of sun rays, fluent path of water molecules and the fragmentation of stone or rock played an influence on the resulting design. We wanted to use the trajectories of these elements found in nature to create a form that culminates these natural qualities with the futuristic advancement of the solar panel, creating a unique architectural language and final design outcome. 

Designed by Nikita Tongia & Lydia Carlton

 

A design and construction project for a solar-battery charging station to be used for charging mobile devices. With the system being embedded into a table with benches you can study or socialize all while charging your phone. This project will be the forefront of renewable energy impacting students lives publicly and will be the stepping stone for many future renewable power projects.

 
 
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Structural Concept

For the structure itself a range of ideas/concepts/materials were considered, including ergonomics, environmental impacts, innovative/futuristic solutions and applications. We considered how the unit could be used in a variety of settings, along with being user -friendly and easy to assemble. For the main structure a new innovative material will be used, it provides all of the things necessary for the structure to last and be cost-effective. It is durable, termite- proof, waterproof, fireproof, lightweight, provides good thermal and acoustic insulation, will not rot, warp or corrode, structurally strong, can be nailed, screwed and drilled, easily repaired, is low cost and gives flexibility in form. This sustainable and sturdy material chosen for this amazing project is AirCrete; more durable than normal concrete (not brittle), as it does not corrode or crack even under immense force, while still weighing less than water (refer to page 06 for more information). The AirCrete structure will be made into panels that are spaced alongside one and other, with H3 treated timber slotting in between to hold the structure together. Timber will also be used as the seat for users to sit at while charging their devices. Adequate weatherproof space has been provided for the relevant electrical components, battery and chassis, along with an angled plane for the solar panel. The roofing will be made of laserlight plastic sheeting which will be overlapping and screwed into the timber supports, allowing occupants and the relevant electrical components to be protected against the weather. 

For the structure itself a range of ideas/concepts/materials were considered, including ergonomics, environmental impacts, innovative/futuristic solutions and applications. We considered how the unit could be used in a variety of settings, along with being user -friendly and easy to assemble. For the main structure a new innovative material will be used, it provides all of the things necessary for the structure to last and be cost-effective. It is durable, termite- proof, waterproof, fireproof, lightweight, provides good thermal and acoustic insulation, will not rot, warp or corrode, structurally strong, can be nailed, screwed and drilled, easily repaired, is low cost and gives flexibility in form. This sustainable and sturdy material chosen for this amazing project is AirCrete; more durable than normal concrete (not brittle), as it does not corrode or crack even under immense force, while still weighing less than water (refer to page 06 for more information). The AirCrete structure will be made into panels that are spaced alongside one and other, with H3 treated timber slotting in between to hold the structure together. Timber will also be used as the seat for users to sit at while charging their devices. Adequate weatherproof space has been provided for the relevant electrical components, battery and chassis, along with an angled plane for the solar panel. The roofing will be made of laserlight plastic sheeting which will be overlapping and screwed into the timber supports, allowing occupants and the relevant electrical components to be protected against the weather. 


PRoject Sponsors

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GPA Engineering

A highly experienced, multidisciplinary engineering and management firm, GPA has consulted and provided engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services, since 1987.

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Vertiv co.

At Vertiv, your vision is our passion. It’s why we design, build and service mission critical technologies that enable vital applications for data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. Formerly Emerson Network Power, we support today's growing mobile and cloud computing markets with our portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management products, software and solutions, all complemented by our global service network.