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Collapsible Solar Pavilion Charges Volvo V60

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The Pavilion is a tensioned membrane structure using an HDPE mesh skin, a carbon fiber skeleton, and integrating embedded photovoltaic panels, that can fully collapse and fit inside the trunk of the V60 when not in use.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:01 am

In the future, electric cars and plug-in hybrids may be able to carry their own solar charging station with them, folded up and ready to deploy, right from the car's trunk. The first of its kind is expected to be displayed in Rome later this year, as part of the launch of Volvo's V60 Hybrid Electric Diesel model.

The Pure Tension Pavilion, picked as the winner of the 2013 Switch to Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition, is an attempt to re-envision the standard pavilion used for trade shows, providing not only shelter and a beautiful design, but a power source as well.

The Pavilion is a tensioned membrane structure using an HDPE mesh skin, a carbon fiber skeleton, and integrating embedded photovoltaic panels, that can fully collapse and fit inside the trunk of the V60 when not in use.
Photo of Volvo V60 with Pavilion opened and charging, when not in use Pavilion fits in trunk

"The issue of sustainability is addressed in the form of a power strategy which uses fabric embedded Photovoltaic panels and light collected from the sun or indoor artificial lighting to power the pavilion and charge the V60 model on show. The car will ‘plug’ directly into the pavilion’s skin, charging its battery with the energy collected over the day. The ‘Switch to Pure Volvo” pavilion becomes a symbol of the V60’s attitude to efficient energy consumption and a showcase of the Hybrid V60’s characteristics." - SDA

The pavilion, commissioned by Volvo Car Italia, is a collaborative effort between Synthesis Design + Architecture, Buro Happold, and Fabric Images, and will be launched in September 2013 in Rome, Italy.

While the Pure Tension solar pavilion is an experimental creation, and isn't market-ready at all, if it turns out to be a functional and efficient product, it could serve to demonstrate another possible iteration of methods to provide some of the power to electric cars.

By: Derek Markham | Tree Hugger |

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:32 am
The link didn't work.
should do!
Thanks for drawing attention to this idea - smart thinking!

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:29 am
I love this idea for folks like me who cannot charge at my coop home. My car has no accessibility to electricity. Thanx for the hope Kit!

Tim C (2420)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:12 am

Maggie Kearns (7)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:40 am
Thanks Kit!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:15 pm

I just love this, a battery charge and a portable garage. I have always bought GM cars but my next may have to be a Volvo V60.

Andrs Yokers (6)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:23 pm
Finally, something more intelligent from the automobile industry!

Phil P (94)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:45 pm
I'm glad to say Volvo has surpassed its "Boxy but Good" legacy.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:49 pm
So many things happening in the alternative energy field.

Mike M (40)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:50 pm
Very neat

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:22 pm
"and isn't market-ready at all" ..I hope they figure it out and make it to the market :) Thanks!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:32 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Kit. Quite interesting.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:17 pm

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:28 pm
So cool!

Gvapo T (22)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:28 am
thanks for the article and the text in your first post as the link is not working
great idea!!!! :)

Dan(iel) M (25)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:48 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:35 am
Though odd it seems to be, it's for our future

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:27 pm
noted & read. Hope it becomes available

. (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:54 pm
All kinds of good stuff happening with solar.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 4:13 am
Good thought!
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