Gallery: Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat...

 

This incredible concept for a self-heating piezoelectric shower combines inspiration from the human body’s circulatory system with technological innovations in piezoelectricity. The fluid web of piping heats water by utilizing energy from friction produced by flowing water — it’s therefore able to function completely off the grid. Conceived by Finnish Sebastian Jansson, Mexican Fernanda Piza, Brazilian Victor Stelmasuk and German Natalie Weinmann, the design not only grabs our attention as an exotic art form but also enlightens us with its energy-efficient design.

The Piezo Shower placed second in the ‘I saloni Premio SaloneSatellite’ competition during Milan Design Week.  The design was a project of the Master of European Design Programme that took place at ENSCI Les Ateliers Paris and was supervised by Thomas Lommee and Sebastian Müller.

Focusing on new technology allowed the design team to rethink conventional showering systems and create a design that is full of new defining qualities. The design features a network of fibers within its curving and connecting pipes that harvest kinetic energy from friction and generate electricity to heat the water.

The design team explains that the shower is “futuristic yet feasible.” Inspired by the human body’s circulatory system, the designers expanded the area of the piping and added twisting curves that allow for more movement and time for the water to create friction inside the piping.

The shower is controlled through a digital touchscreen that can be integrated into bathroom tiling. The control system also projects waters temperature, pressure and water consumption over-time, providing the necessary details for consumers to adequately monitor their own water waste and energy consumption.

The ‘I saloni Premio SaloneSatellite’ competition was open to contestants that took part in SaloneSatellite 2010 and was reserved for designs that pertained to bathroom and kitchen ambiences.

+ Master of European Design Programme

+ Piezo Shower

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2 Comments

  1. Colin Stuart May 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I calculate a drop of 70psi will give 0.21 degrees F temp increase under ideal adiabatic conditions. (SRK correlation)….in other words David is right, this is nothing more than a pretty, expensive shower.

  2. David Evans April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    This is the kind of thing that gives concepts a bad name. Have they calculated whether the energy in a typical water supply is enough to heat the water? I think not. To heat water through 20 degrees C takes as much energy as you get by allowing the water to fall through 8.3 km. No domestic supply has anything like that head of water.

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