The Knitted Light: Manufacture of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands project is to design a 1: 1 scaled prototype for a solar photovoltaic [PV] fiber tension shade using polymer fiber optic strands and organic solar PV strands to understand what the problems and potential for PV fibers in fabrics. This summer the team will be producing it's own organic solar photovoltaic strands to use in manufacturing the textile for the tension structure.
The research questions our team is engaged in answering are what fabric geometries and electronic configurations work best for solar energy gathering with PV strands to be used for a tension shade structure in the landscape? While it is clear that the PV strands augment the function of the shade, what other functions may be accommodated with these PV’s and electronic set up? How can these strands function in a designerly way? The research objective of this project is to understand the potential and problems encountered manufacturing a PV fiber in a solar tension shade to be used in a tension shade. The Knitted Light team is an interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students from architecture, landscape architecture and architectural engineering. Other disciplines, such as chemistry and electrical engineering will be joining our team as the research moves into different phases of completion. Our team would welcome energetic undergraduate researchers who can help drive our research goals above and make their own contribution and mark on the work that is produced.
Open. Required qualifications depend upon the contribution the student would like to make to our team research goal.