There’s a lot emphasis on doing things the ‘smart’ way today. The drive to support practices that intend to ‘do more with less’ is quite high. Right from starting the day with a toothbrush that helps track oral hygiene, to eating in plates that can calculate the calories of the meal, to controlling the lights and fans inside homes while at work, we’re turning every move we make - SMARTER!
Something as conventional as Car parking shades have almost always been about providing shade and protecting vehicles against dirt and bird droppings. Most advancements have refined the solution with something like adding solar modules on top of a steel sheet. The more aesthetic architectural shades which are made of a technical textile have also evolved to have 25 year life span with better tear strength, UV resistance, flame retardancy, and durability.
However, in the last 2-3 years, car parks have begun evolving again. The car park of 2020 will definitely be very different from the one we have today.
Car parking shades will harness solar energy differently
While some manufacturers have definitely rolled out car park shades that house solar panels, these shades haven’t succeeded in gaining mass adoption. The solar-powered car shades so far have failed to offer performance and efficiency. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar panels mostly end up failing because of unavoidable elements like thermal cycling, damp heat, humidity freeze and, UV exposure. The model of car parking shades launched by ThinkPhi have a far higher Solar Refractive Index (SRI Rating) as opposed to conventional GI Sheets that ensure vehicles and people benefit from an enhanced thermal comfort zone. While encompassing futuristic aesthetics the solar generation capacity has also been optimised with a smarter array of module layout.
More areas of sustainability will be explored
For a greener, more sustainable future, various different practices and strategies need to be tried. For instance, the Dutch municipality is running a pilot project that’s asking the residents of a certain locality to voluntarily transform their parking lots into spots of greenery for a six month period with plants. The authority will provide free spaces to residents for parking their vehicles in the meanwhile.
Not only the government, but individuals and organisations too must think of out-of-the-box ideas around sustainability. Talking of car parking shades in 2020, here’s what’s expected:
Hardware designed in a way that will accumulate rainwater, car parking shades in 2020 will harvest rainwater during the monsoon season. Moreover, these shades will have an in-built filtration system that will remove the impurities in the collected water, making it potable.
The car parking shades in 2020 will also have embedded smog filtration systems that will suck all the polluted air from their surroundings and make the air cleaner.
Design will be a focal point
If we want sustainable car canopy alternatives to achieve mass adoption, we cannot afford to ignore its aesthetic value. One of the biggest drawbacks of car park shades so far has been the absence of any aesthetics. Car park shades have been these dull, made of concrete or steel, and boring covering for vehicles, thereby missing out on the attention of designers and architects who’re looking out to create smarter spaces.
ThinkPhi’s HALO smart canopy is considered to be the world’s most advanced car parking shade, which protects the inclement climate, while at the same time lending car parking great aesthetics. The product harvests sunlight and stores the power in a lithium-ion battery, which lights up parking spaces at night. A key transformation point which integrates perfectly with upcoming EV boom is that integration of EV charging points into the car parking system which are now partially powered by solar energy.
Moving towards the right direction in achieving the goal of sustainability, ThinkPhi’s car parking shade product circles around offering shade, energy, and water. The versatile offerings, right from good looks to robust infrastructure to less expensive installation, and most importantly sustainable development makes the product advanced in today’s date. In 2020, we might see more features rolling in car parking shades and ‘ThinkPhi’s HALO smart canopy,’ making room for more innovation, sustainability, and smartness!