Daniel Martin Ferraro is an architect in Madrid who wants to transform our notion of solar panels. Solar is constantly touted for its potential to bring us to energy independence and greater energy efficiency. But those pesky Darth Vader-esque solar panels are also derided for their relative inefficiency and appearance.
Ferraro wants to change how we interact with solar. His hexagon-shaped FreeForm Solar Powered skins do not just lie on top of buildings: they are an integral part of a building’s architecture. Made from photovoltaic laminated glass, Martin’s flexible skins nudge solar out of the domain of engineers and into the realm of architects and designers and can add beauty to their customers, cities. They not only could provide much needed energy for buildings but offer an aesthetic for which architecture in Spain is already renowned.
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