At first glance, this just looks like a giant metallic whale sculpture of some sort, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it’s just the SunGlacier, a solar-powered structure that uses condensation principles to create ice in the Sahara desert. Though it seems impractical, this 200 m2 leaf-shaped structure has a photovoltaic cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“But before they trek off to the Sahara to create their glacier, the designers are working in a simulated environment back home. By heating the shipping container and running a humidifier, Cofely and Verheggen have reproduced the desert’s unique climatic conditions. A fan, which is designed to simulates fierce desert winds, is pointed at the ice that collects on a aluminum shield of sorts. As the ice grows from the condensation, water collects at the base,” according to Inhabitat.