Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel

Solar Cluster/Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel by Margot Krasojevic




Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

The Gobi desert has a dry prevailing Westerly wind which choreographs a shifting landscape, reforming dunes and redefining ecological terrains. The Gobi’s extreme climate and latitude contribute to the nature of the wind currents.

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

One of the biggest problems of the Gobi is desertification and the accelerated rate at which the desert sands and loess expand, 3,600 km2 of grassland is claimed every year by the Gobi Desert resulting in an increasing number of dust storms.

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

The expansion of the Gobi is attributed mostly to deforestation, overgrazing, and depletion of water resources as well as the prevailing westerly winds The most recent plan involves the planting of the Green Wall of China, a huge ring of newly planted forests; helping stabilize the soil, retain moisture, and act as a buffer against further desertification.

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

The solar cluster project acts as an underground seed vault, the rotating cluster of photovoltaic solar cells and holographic filteres glass panels act as a heliostat reflecting light underground aiding germination and protection against the harsh environment, sand turbines harness the kinetic movement/renewable energy of shifting sands to produce electricty for a sustainable building.

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

This underground shaft acts as an inverted greenhouse which can also produce food. The solar panels are arranged in a pattern which rotate changing angle as necessary for maximum efficient output, sand turbines are framed within the tower which disperses seeds into the environment to slow down the desertification of the Gobi Desert.

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

The sand piles also retain the desert temperatures for longer and can be used as a type of energy storage as they take longer to cool. The second stage of research focuses on solar updraft towers which use sand as an insulation technique. The project is commissioned by Gao from Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Source by Margot Krasojevic

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic

Location: Gobi Deser, (47°55′N 106°55′E)
Architect: Margot Krasojevic
Year: 2015
Images: Courtesy of Margot Krasojevic

Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
Solar Cluster and Heliostat Sand Turbine Hotel
Image © Margot Krasojevic
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