THE DESIGN OF NEW CONFIGURABLE SOLAR ROOFS: TOWARD A NEW PARADIGM FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS pp.191-220
Authors: (Luis Eduardo Juanicó)
Abstract: It is well known that many different conceptual designs are created at the beginning of every new technology. These earlier designs seem to come from a “brainstorming” process, since most of them represent radical designs, not self-limited in their creation process by a budget, manufacturer, marketing and other practical aspects that must be considered in the development of a commercial product. For this reason, most of them are discarded at the next stage, when they must become a commercial product. Thus, in this second stage it is usually observed than a certain technology wins the market. Meanwhile, the commercial manufacturing process continues and new products derived from the initial design are created following a trial and error process; it is commonly observed that gradually this emerging technology achieves its maturity. At this moment, (thinking now specifically about energy technologies) it is feasible for engineers to create bigger machines with almost no uncertainties regarding performance. This way, lower specific costs (in terms of U$/kW) and hence, higher economic competitiveness can be achieved. From here on, this technology attracts most of the investors and finally emerges as the winner in this technological competition.