Sistine Solar, Inc will build a one-of-a-kind solar canopy for Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport hotel. The project is a nature-themed, custom-designed charging station that allows guests and locals to relax as they recharge their devices through the power of sunlight. A recognized industry leader in the eco-space, Element offers travelers a fresh, reimagined extended-stay hotel experience.
Just as Element has redefined the extended stay category through its contemporary design philosophy and eco-minded sensibilities, Sistine has transformed the bland, familiar aesthetic (think: boring black and blue grid) of solar technology. By using techniques from a wide range of disciplines – including mosaic art, solar photovoltaics, and optics – Sistine has developed SolarSkin, a technology to create high-efficiency solar panels of any design, pattern or color. The one-of-a-kind solar canopy at Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport is inspired by the Element brand ethos that modern design flows from nature. Its unique design proves that green can, and should be, gorgeous.
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 allow for nighttime illumination and enjoyment. 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 U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for high-performance buildings. 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.