Coming to the rescue of polar caps that are worse affected by the global warming, designer Derek Pirozzi comes up with a conceptual proposal of an umbrella shaped buoyant structure. The winner of this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the giant floating canopy is designed primarily to prevent as well as rebuild the Arctic and Antarctic ice layers by reducing the heat gain.
Named as Polar Umbrella, the canopy which is based on osmotic technology is an ambitious vision that ties the knot between technology and imagination. Polar Umbrella is to be strategically located in the worst affected areas of Arctic will be built using permeable carbon-based zinc-coated steel to enable it withstand the unfavorable conditions arising due to icy storms.
Polar Umbrella is a self-sustaining structure that produces energy on its own using saltwater as a renewable source of energy. The energy is generated in the centrally positioned facility that uses osmotic technology. On the other hand, structure’s big canopy helps reduce the heat gain on the Arctic ice shelves by harvesting solar energy.
The umbrella bears thermal skin with a string of modules comprising polyethylene pipes to process the brackish water. It also uses harvest chambers that freeze the ocean water to replenish the ice caps in the areas worse hit by global warming.
The buoyant structure will feature NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research laboratories, renewable power stations, dormitory-style housing units and will also serves as eco-tourist attraction as well as ecological habitats for wildlife.