Project: "V-Tent"
Designer(s): Hakan Gürsu, Designnobis Team, Turkey
Category: Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation, Professional
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Entry Description: V-Tent is an ecofriendly parking system that protects and charges vehicles. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to create a sustainable system for urban environment, V-Tent offers a safe space for electric cars either at home or in city. Functioning as a canopy that prevents weather side-effects such as sun heat or snow, design protects vehicles physically from environmental conditions. Therefore, it prolongs the life and maintanance cycle of vehicles in the long run. Also designed as a precaution for theft, structural elements of design work as barriers. System of V-Tent in public usage is designed as a space saving parking lot space that runs on fee. With a simple interface, user is able to choose parking period and make payment by card. Being informed with an estimated charging time, drivers can access the system interface remotely via smartphone applications. Band light on V-Tent indicates availability and charge percentage with color and length. Designed with a flexible solar panel, collapsible structure of V-Tent enables it to appear only when it’s in use, therefore prevents visual complexity. High-tech modern design complements to contemporary urban context. Material used for canopy is a laminated multi-layered textile that holds flexible solar panels. Inner layer is covered with reflective material and middle layer has a pattern with micro ventilation tubes in order to prevent textile and panels from excess temperatures. Produced energy from solar power can be used in urban applications such as lighting, where individual users can also benefit carbon-free enery for their usage.

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