Finding a shade can be a very important task in order to stay cool when you are out enjoying the town on a sunny day. A “shade canopy” has been made by an England-based design studio which operates by pumping algae through clear plates, which alters the shade in the area and generates quite a bit of oxygen. The growth of algae increases in the pumping liquid as the sun’s presence enhances in an area and therefore making the shade platform much less transparent, hence, generating more shade. Indicating an innovative solution to several problems of the world, one ‘polygonal structure’ produces the equivalent oxygen to 4 hectares of dense forest. The shade platform has been designed particularly for Expo Milan and ecoLogic Studios is behind this initiative.
A basic hydraulic pump is employed by this structure in order to disseminate algae solution through the different layers of the clear shade pieces. As per Gizmag, the microalgae photosynthesize and grow as the canopy is exposed to sunlight. In addition to producing a large amount of oxygen, the colour of the liquid also transforms into deeper green and hence creating more shade.
As inHabitat explained, the larger structure which was constructed for the Milan Expo in 2015, generated around 150 kg of biomass comprising 80 percent vegetal proteins. . Each BioCanopy also responds to people walking under it. The speed of pumping enhances to stimulate algae growth once a person is detected enjoying the shade. The ecoLogic Studios will take you through the setup of the shade canopy below:
Even though, the BioCanopy is merely an installation piece until now, however, the mechanics behind the system are quite simple.
In order to make the system work, all you need is a small pump, tubing, an algae seed and clear basins with channels on the interior. The system will not only generate shade but also produces increased oxygen for the area once it is exposed to sunlight.