Marjan van Aubel Studio

Power Plant

Design Research 2019
nominee

The project

Marjan van Aubel Studio researches a solution for two of the largest problems of our time: the food and energy issues. Power Plant is an energy-neutral greenhouse, in which both electricity and food are produced from sunlight. New bio-technologies make food production more efficient, but usually require large amounts of energy. Each hour, the Earth receives enough sunlight to provide the whole planet with sufficient energy for an entire year. Power Plant researches how sun cells can be integrated into our daily surroundings in such a way that this inexhaustible resource can be optimally utilized – firstly for food production – and made available to a much larger group of people. Marjan van Aubel therefore also strives to achieve a Solar Democracy, through making crossovers with different disciplines.

Committee

Power Plant is such a powerful design that it is immediately an icon for the use of solar energy and food production. A beautiful project with great value, that combines existing technology with design power to create new possibilities in energy transition. Her studio implements well-integrated design by making smart choices and using the right aesthetics. Solid research is the foundation of the innovations and the use of prototypes helps other parties to take the next step. By taking this leading position in design, Power Plant acts as a catalyst for other chains and parties.

— Power Plant is a beautiful project with great value, that combines existing technology with design power to create new possibilities in energy transition.