Energy Galleries: a strategy for the mitigation of the city hotspots

  • Melis, Alessandro (PI)

Project Details


The project explores the cities hotspots and the so called "heat island effect". It especially focuses on the transformation of these areas in potential energy generators through the design of a series of energy galleries. PV system is proven to be one of the most efficient and sustainable technologies, ideal for the integration of energy generation within the city fabric. Therefore solar roofs and canopies, if extensively applied to the built environment (mostly in the industrial areas), can contribute a significant improvement of the environmental quality through a win-win strategy. The aforementioned galleries can act as both a passive (outdoor comfort) and active device (generation). The research on the energy Gallery has been funded by the Council of Perugia (2009) and by the Regional Government of Tuscany (2014). In its first application, the gallery also included the wind turbines and the water collection systems. Further its total glass version (awarded with the Vespucci Prize) has provided the opportunity to use the gallery for urban farming, as well. Test designs have considered several locations including Pisa and Perugia, in Italy, and Auckland and Christchurch, in New Zealand.
Effective start/end date1/05/0931/12/15

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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