The project deals with the production of energy by nature itself, without any artificial mechanical assistance. It is therefore anticipated that this type of “natural technology” can be exploited and the produced energy can be used for creating some kind of contraption with a function, useful for the community.
Hygroscopy is the ability of a material to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment. The absorbing or adsorbing material becomes physically “changed” in form, by an increase in volume or other physical characteristic of the material.
Humidity makes wood fibers dilate, giving a kinetic property. Wooden sheets can bend, when humidity is applied to only one of their sides. But humidity on the form of fog is also a great source of water supply. Thin mesh structures can easily collect water droplets.
By combining these two hygroscopic behaviors we created a kinetic fog collector that would adapt to the humidity conditions by changing its shape: exposing the fog collectors during high humidity time and protect them when the environment is dry.
The project passed through many exploration phases changing many forms, structures, materials, assemblies etc.
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[ Project conducted during a Master's course in IAAC univercity, Barcelona 2013. Team members: Aidonis Dimitrios, Efilena Baseta, Karl Francalanza, Carlos Bausá Martinez ]