Margot Krasojevic's new solar-powered sand turbine hotel in the Gobi Desert utilizes desert winds and sun to produce energy and slow down deforestation. Krasojevic's proposal involves building a sort of underground seed vault which would aid germination and harness wind power to produce clean energy. The futuristic structure, which would also provide housing accommodations, would include a rotating cluster of photovoltaic solar cells and holographic filters to reflect light underground to support plant growth and protect against the harsh climate.
Desertification and dust storm has been the topic of research for many years, prompting designers and scientist across the world to try and find a sustainable solution. One of the most recent proposals involves the planting of the Green Wall of China, which is meant to save the country from dust storms by planting huge strips of trees to stop the Gobi Desert from spreading.
Krasojevic’s proposal involves building a sort of underground seed vault which would aid germination and harness wind power to produce clean energy. “This underground shaft acts as an inverted greenhouse which can also produce food.”
Solar panels, arranged in a rotating pattern, would be combined with sand turbines framed within a tower that disperses seeds into the environment. In addition to generating power, the structure would use the ability of sand to retain temperatures and utilize it for insulation and as energy storage.