Element Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's eco-innovation lab, collaborated with Sistine Solar to produce a solar canopy for the Element brand. Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport will début a nature-themed, custom-designed charging station that will allow guests to recharge their devices through the power of sunlight.
Sistine is said to be transforming the familiar aesthetic of solar technology. By using techniques from a range of disciplines – including mosaic art, solar photovoltaics, and optics – Sistine developed SolarSkin, a technology to create high-efficiency solar panels of any design, pattern or color. The solar canopy at Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport is inspired by the Element brand ethos that modern design flows from nature.
Built as an off-grid installation, the solar canopy charging station - designed in partnership with Brooklyn-based architect Ajmal Aqtash - will allow guests to sit in the shade, socialize and relax outside of the hotel as they recharge their personal electronic devices by harnessing the power of the sun. Additionally, the canopy has integrated LEDs that will allow for nighttime illumination. As the panels absorb sunlight, solar energy converts the light into electricity, which guests can then use to charge their devices.
As Starwood’s eco-innovation lab, Element is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The brand is considered a leader in the eco-innovation space and continues to pilot latest developments in sustainable technology.
The solar canopy is currently at Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport North with plans to expand globally to Element’s nearly 20 hotels around the world.