SunoAna Maia - United Kingdom
Suno intends to be a different and easy way to explore solar power. It reinterprets the traditional parasol, increasing its functional spectrum. During day time Suno assumes the function of a traditional parasol protecting people from the sun, while recharging 6 solar cells, which during the evening will power a 6 LED lamp. The concept presented here suits the context of a cafe or a restaurant with exterior tables, but it can be expanded to the garden or camping contexts. Because Suno recurs to solar power the users do not need to find an electric plug to power it, an advantage in exterior environments. The solar cells can easily be detached from the parasol, both individually or as a group of six, in case they need repair or need to be moved to another parasol.
Suno structure was thought having in mind three aspects:
Attempt to use the same polymer has much as possible, reducing material differences. This can be a valuable characteristic in the end of the product life cycle, facilitating the recycling process.
The parts were thought for easy assembly and disassembly, not only to for it to be easily mounted by the user, but also to be easily dismounted for the recycling process, therefore most of the assemblies are snap fits or rotational fits, avoiding screws or metal parts.
The parts are also thought to incorporate the wires that connect the energy from the solar cells to the lamp.