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Solar-Powered Mobile Eco Shelter for the Swiss Alps
Posted By Andrew Michler On April 24, 2011 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,Environment,Prefab Housing,Solar Power | 4 Comments
The simple design  has room for six bunks, a bath, a foyer, and living space. One huge window overlooking the breathtaking views can also let in precious solar heat. When the sun goes down, a thermal curtain helps keep the heat in. The cabin is supported by a 4kW solar array  mounted on the walls to keep snow from covering it. The array supplies basic electricity for the occupants of course, but the designers also intend to heat the cabin with an under-floor heating system. Details are vague as to how this system works — suffice to say we are guessing it is not electrically heated.
Snow is melted by the solar system to feed into the unit’s water supply, and all appliances are powered by the solar electric system. A supply of bioethanol  is available for emergency heating and cooking needs. The system details are sketchy for the proposal, but the intent is clear: low-impact and easily removable buildings can help us to experience the wilderness while maintaining a pristine environment.
Via Architizer 
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URLs in this post:
 recreational facilities in the pristine wilderness: http://inhabitat.com/dome-dotted-eco-resort-is-a-winter-wonderland-in-the-swiss-alps/
 Eco-Temporary Refuge: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/etr-international-mountain-summit-10/16282/
 Cimini Architettura: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/firms/view/cimini-architettura/13226/
 : http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-mobile-eco-refuge-for-the-swiss-alps/eco-temporary-refuge-3/?extend=1
 simple design: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/02/Eco-Temporary-Refuge-6.jpg
 cabin : http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=cabin
 solar array: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/
 bioethanol: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioethanol#Bioalcohols
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