Artist Stephen Hurrel and scientist Bob Farrell are developing an environmentally-friendly light source. Using flexible solar cells to power LEDs, they aim to generate light, which is then transmitted through dramatic panels made of recycled plastics and glass.
Our panels could become the building blocks with which architects and others create a new generation of stunning but environmentally-friendly light installations.
One of the first applications is expected to be a 'lamp' that would stand on a windowsill soaking up sunlight by day, powering the LEDs, and emit its own light at night. A state-of-the-art design aimed at the high end of the market, the lamp would be intended to make a striking eco-statement. Furthermore, because the panels are flexible - and obviously require no mains power - it is hoped they will be of interest to architects and designers looking for an eye-catching, cutting-edge but practical way of lighting public places and spaces.
As development work continues to create a prototype, Stephen says: We are working to determine a formula that will result in the necessary scale, form and light quality. Once we have this confirmed, the possibilities are endless. As well as panels, our work could take the form of tubes or circles, for example, making the ideal building block for architects and others. In fact, we think it could offer an important new marker in the search for environmentally-friendly energy solutions.
The project is supported by NESTA.