Studied Impact's principal team, Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry, have put together this free 73-page Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies.
We hope that it is a source of inspiration to all designers, homeowners, urban planners, students, artists, and anyone else interested in a clean energy future.
It is important to note is that there is a lot more out there than what we see in the everyday. In fact, you will see here that there are dozens of proven methods of harnessing the power of nature in sustainable ways. Some of the more interesting examples that may be applicable as a medium for public art installations are the translucent thin films which can be flexible and offer interesting hues and textures, piezoelectric generators that capture vibration energy, and concentrated photovoltaics, which allow for interesting play with light. But the possibilities are endless and new designs are coming into the market all the time that can be artistically integrated into beautiful sustainable infrastructure.
It is our hope that this field guide will get you thinking creatively about ways to combine technologies and use them in innovative contexts. Through a better understanding of the wealth of possibilities that are out there, the guide will provide designers with more tools with which to conceive of net zero energy constructions.