IKEA’s SolarVille Demonstrates The Power of Distributed Solar Energy


Leave it to furniture giant IKEA to create a demonstration that showcases the power and flexibility of solar energy.

Their research lab Space10 has a fun and approachable experiment called SolarVille, which is built to a 1:50th scale, and equips each of the houses with a small photovoltaic panel. Utilizing a large overhead lamp, they mimic the passing sun, and measure the stored energy and output of the entire village.


We love the concept, and the way this technical undertaking is made approachable and friendly with the use of a miniature wooden city.


We’d love to see IKEA create this type of system as a buyable product, to help push the ideas of renewable energy to a new and younger audience.


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