What if there were other ways to take advantage of sunlight in our homes? What if we could use it to illuminate windowless rooms or even heat water, all without the need for large photovoltaic panels? A couple of questions that the industrial designer Mariusz Smietana posed some time ago , determined to find new strategies to take advantage of the Sun’s rays at home. The result of these reflections is Lumora, an invention that combines some ancient ideas and concepts. with modern technology and which we now know in detail thanks to its participation in the James Dyson Award.
The objective: to take advantage of this enormous source of light and energy whose enormous potential Elon Musk recently reflected on .
“Transporting sunlight” . That is the objective of Smietana: to collect the light of the Sun and then “transport” it to dark rooms where both its brightness and its heat can be used. And all with a system that allows you to “manipulate and regulate” the light, direct it in a “flexible” way and even “personalize” it thanks to the combination of several sources and cooling systems.
The idea of taking advantage of the light and heat of the Sun with the help of mirrors is by no means new , but Smietana has decided to explore it using resources such as heliostats, Fresnel lenses and fiber optics. Its purpose is also very specific: to offer an alternative to artificial lighting, even if that requires “bringing sunlight where it is ‘physically’ impossible.”