v tent solar panel parking system by hakan gursu v tent solar panel parking system by hakan gursu
feb 08, 2013

v tent solar panel parking system by hakan gursu

‘v-tent solar-panel parking system’ by hakan gursu



‘V-tent’ by hakan gursu of turkish creative studio design nobis is an eco-friendly parking system that protects and charges vehicles. it is a collapsible solar panel canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. aiming to create a sustainable system for urban environment, ‘V-tent’ offers a safe space for electric cars either at home or in city. functioning as a cover that prevents weather side-effects such as sun heat or snow, its design protects vehicles physically from environmental conditions. prolonging the life and maintenance cycle of vehicles in the long run, it can also be used as a precaution for theft, structural elements of design work as barriers.


running on a fee-based system, a simple interface is implemented, where users are able to choose parking periods and make payment by card. being informed with an estimated charging time, drivers can access the system interface remotely via smart phone applications. band light indicates availability and charge percentage with color and length. the inner layer is covered with reflective materials – with micro ventilation tubes in order to prevent textile and panels from excess temperatures. you see more in an animated demonstration here.









system section



parking overview



occupied context



covered context



plugged in – covered context



charging status – battery full



charging status – in progress



payment system





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  • Seems like a waste of sunlight that these screens are not open 24/7 providing electricity to the grid when not charging the car. Solar panels can then be a solid canape, removing moving parts.

    Tom says:
  • i second what Tom has said. why all the effort of closing the solar panel screens if it will leave the containing space dull, sad and grey. using the excess energy resulting from the solar panels is definitely better than closing them. i don’t get it.

    Mark says:
  • I agree with Tom, there is no benefit from fold-able panels (if even technically feasible) here, and it does not even give the panels an optimal angle to the sun.

    Jan says:
  • Very nice concept. Well done!!

    Shahaf says:
  • A cannot see ANY advantage but so many disadvanbtages of this compared to a solid roof equipped with solar panels:
    complexity; unreliablilty, high price, waste of sunlight when closed,etc.
    a other one in the list of designer’s delirium.

    chris says:
  • Draping the flexible panel over the car will make them much less efficient, since they will be at less than the optimum angle to gather sunlight. Also, a single panel is unlikely to be able to provide more than a small fraction of the power that a car will need to charge.

    As Tom points out, why are the other panels folded up when not in use? That is valuable solar collection that is not being used. The moving parts will be the first to fail, leading to unusable spaces. A solid covered canopy would also allow solar panels to collect from the access lanes to each parking spot as well.

    The pieces seem thin and fragile for a parking lot, and there is no protection against the inevitable accidents. The charging stations will need heavy bollards to keep it from being driven into, and exploding from the stored energy.

    Why does the system need an indicator light to show that the space is occupied? Won’t the presence of the car itself do that?

    JK says:
  • I agree with Tom. Why not have the entire car park covered with a solar panel canopy? You would get the same “protection” for your car, and not just be hand waving at being environmentally conscious.

    Allen says:
  • if installation has been already done, why collapsable?

    carlos says:
  • Interesting! but waste of resources in unfolded state, agreed to Tom and Mark!

    Satish says:
  • I wouldn’t want that panel even touching my car…. that crap flaps in the wind and it will rub the paint off of your car! Ever seen anyone take those stupid bras off of their cars after 2 months of use? They don’t because the paint looks like crap underneath were its been flapping in the wind.

    Robert says:
  • It’s a great concept ! To defend the folding principle I would say that not seeing the cars (most of them) would be a good thing since they are not all beauty orientated 🙂

    Montres Lip says:
  • I agree with Tom too!!! What about your aerial?

    SJS says:
  • Excellent criticism, Tom, Mark, Jan, & JK; and you are so right, Robert! A pleasure to see so many practical thinkers out there. Too often, many get caught up in the “new” and support bad ideas just because they’re imaginative. If the panels were optimally tilted, snow buildup would be diminished, also.

    michael a. pleskovich says:
  • why on earth would you bother closing these at all? leave them opened all all times

    collie says:
  • Can someone please explain to me what so “eco-friendly” about electric cars? Shouldn’t we rather call them “nuclear cars” or “charcoal cars”?

    DS says:
  • Good idea, but the power provided by this panel won’t be enough to charge car in full, even 8 hours.

    Willy says:
  • To add to its list of multi-dis-function:
    Looks tight – I presume once parked in the position shown you would then need to leave through the back doors or even the boot door?

    luigirenzio says:
  • Thanks Willy. I couldn’t believe it. I thought no one had noticed that. How to get out from that car with the door blocked?

    Luis F. Gonzalez says:

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