Designed to serve as a highly visible urban landmark, the HELIOtrope also functions as a grid-tied urban micro power station.Energy generation is linked over the rail through induction to batteries powering the electric assist bicycles. The infrastructure ofnthe HELIOtrope is loaded with photovoltaic cells that generate all the energy the facility requires to recharge batteries. When the structure is empty or the batteries of all the e-bikes are fully charged, renewable electricity is delivered to the surrounding grid.

Taking up the shape of a ubiquitous street tree, the elliptical facility is not dissimilar to the rim of a bicycle. The rim of the HELIOtrope is held in tension by a membrane and the kinetic nature of the shuffling of bicycles across the spine in a slow but continuous rotation, allows the facility to follow the movement of the sun to generate maximum amount of energy.

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