Dynamo D12 - The Dodecahedron
Dynamo born with the dodecahedral design, the shape of a regular solid consisting of 12 perfect pentagons. According to Plato, the dodecahedron is the most noble and wonderful regular solids; the first four regular solids have been attributed to the four natural elements. The fifth one, the dodecahedron, was matched to the ether, the grandeur of the universe. Dynamo D12 resumes this unique value to synthesize in its form the power of the four natural elements, providing heating, cooling and electricity: a respectful and sustainable use of the potential offered by nature.
The amazing shape gives to D12 a very strong aesthetic value. The Dodecahedron can be used as a symbol of energy sustainability in several prestigious locations. Dynamo D12 can satisfy the energy needs of a 1300 square meters building: heating, cooling, electricity and hot water production. D12 can be used either off-grid or grid-connected. The use of the dodecahedron, compared to a traditional energy system, can annually avoid the emission of about 30 tons of CO2.
Price starts from Euro 60,000.00
How does it works
Dynamo D12 combines multiple technologies using natural resources to produce and store energy. Photovoltaic thin film covers the pentagons. The power of photovoltaic is expanded by the presence of a reflective screen at the base of the solid (water, marble or other reflective material). The solar light that strikes the reflective surface is reflected and diffused in the direction of the dodecahedron pentagons facing downward.
The thermal heart of the machine is represented by an innovative geothermal heat pump and by two different storage system. The heat pump can be also aero- thermal or hydrothermal, depending on the climatic and geological characteristics of the installation site. The electrical energy of the photovoltaic panels ensures the power supply of the heat pump and its auxiliary equipment,
while the electric battery can store the surplus of energy accumulated during the daylight hours of greatest production and satisfy the building electrical needs. Energy input and output are managed and optimized by innovative control system that maximise the efficiency also analysing weather forecasts.
The photovoltaic panels are designed and manufactured specifically for Dynamo D12. The panels have a pentagonal shape and are secured to the structure using special brackets. The electrical wiring allows you to instantly take advantage of the energy produced, storage it in the battery or send it to distribution network.
Shallow geothermal loop exchanges energy with heat pump for heating in wintertime and cooling in summertime. Geothermal loop can be used as energy storage in certain conditions.
The surface at the dodecahedron base is designed to reflect sunlight. It expands the radiation to absorbing pentagons. Water, marble flooring or other reflecting materials can form the surface.
A smart control system manages the different components to maximise the global performance as a function of energy inputs and outputs, using also weather forecast. The system provides real-time data to users and can be managed by remote for maintenance.
The electric storage accumulates electricity produced by photovoltaic panels. The electricity can be used by the system itself or be sent to the building for the supply of other electrical machines or lighting.
The Thermal Storages accumulate energy produced by solar and geothermal systems. The accumulation ensures a continuous presence of heat even in the absence of direct production by natural sources.
The Dynamo D12 structure is preassembled and it is installed directly on site; all structural components are transported in containers. The backbone of the solid is made up of 11 pentagons made in metallic tubular with 70x70x3 section, and by a special part representing the access door. . The pentagons are assembled on site by bolting and without welds.
The door opens downwards and can be folded down to the ground until it turns into on-ramp to the technical room. A glazed section and a perforated panel are inserted into the door to allow ventilation of the internal space. Hydraulic pistons adjust the door movement. The panels are fixed directly to the structure using bolts. A digital display connected to the internal multi source system can be positioned on the door, in order to show the production of energy achieved.