An energy crisis is on the horizon. The world population is rising, the climate is warmer, and the demand for energy is on the rise. We must use less energy.

Tobias Trübenbacher, a Berlin designer and pupil at the University of the Arts Berlin, has one possible resolution. Trübenbacher has invented a street light deemed Papilio that fights energy pollution on dual fronts: it’s wind-powered, which lessens its reliance on electricity, and the light itself possesses a motion sensor only activated when someone passes beneath it.

We must discover sustainable sources of energy. About 60% of the electricity we utilised is sourced from fossil fuels. And electric lights are eliciting light pollution. About 83% of the world’s populace resides under artificial lights that illuminate the sky 10% more than its customary level, which can interrupt animals’ migratory patterns and negatively affect biodiversity. While the Green New Deal has been presented again in Congress, it has yet to be passed. For now, designers like Trübenbacher are contemplating small methods to introduce cleaner energy and lessen pollution in your community.

Trübenbacher designed Papilio as an answer to these global issues, stating that he invented a city-facing streetlight due to these lights’ part in light pollution. The lamp has the shape of a pinwheel that doubles as a wind turbine, capturing the wind to create its own energy, which renders it climate-neutral. It possesses a rechargeable battery that contains electricity, so the lamp can work on less breezy days.

Another main fixture of the lamp is the light itself, which is very intuitive. The warm-coloured light does not attract insects, and it enlists an infrared sensor so that the luminaire is activated only by nearby movement, lessening its promotion of light pollution.

The streetlight’s design doubles as a viewable signal of clean energy in action. Trübenbacher defines the lamp’s climate-friendly energy generation as “an aesthetic play” that beautifies public space, prettying streets and battling the climate crisis in a solitary swoop. Design decides how street lights work, but also influences our attitudes towards them and the manner in which we use them.

The lamp’s capacity to change wind power into electricity can benefit naturally windy regions. And since it does not need any electrical infrastructure, Trübenbacher sees a chance to install the street lights in remote settings or areas where infrastructure innovations can be costly.

Trübenbacher has tested a pair of working prototypes of Papilio around Berlin. Yet as time passes, he hopes to find others who have ‘seen the light.’


Source: Fast Company.Com

Image credits by Tobias Trübenbacher