Amsterdam based practice, Marjan van Aubel Studio has launched ambient solar light for indoors – Sunne. The studio’s vision is to integrate solar energy easily into our daily lives. Sunne is a self-powered solar light that captures, stores and produces light indoors.
“It’s beautiful, it’s accessible, and it fits within your home. Sunne is the first in a range of solar products to come, that help to integrate solar energy seamlessly into our daily lives,” explains Marjan van Aubel. “Hang Sunne in front of your window, and it will naturally harvest energy from the Sun and store it in its integrated battery. In the evening, as it gets darker, Sunne’s light will start to glow.”
Composed of a long curved strip of aluminium, the exterior panel facing the Sun is composed of solar cells that harvest energy during the day and stores the energy in an internal battery. The light could be operated using a custom app through our mobiles or physical buttons on the light. Sunne is ambient light, 80 cm in length, hangs in front of your window by two steel wires and requires no external plug. The light comes with three settings to simulate different lighting conditions based on Sun’s light.
Marjan adds, “Through innovative solar design, we can weave energy into buildings and objects to increase their functionality and transform how they look. Sunne’s modern solar design combines art, sustainability and technology to create the indoor light of the future.”
With the development in solar technology in recent years, the studio feels that solar products will help accelerate the shift towards a “solar democracy”. Marjan adds, “A product or building should be considered broken if it doesn’t generate its own energy.”
The technology for Sunne has been developed together with ECN.TNO, one of the most advanced energy research centres in Europe.
Marjan continues, “I want to bring solar closer to people through solar design; making self-powering products that are beautiful, well-designed and fit seamlessly within the homes.”
Sunne’s Kickstarter campaign launch on the 3rd of March 2021 at 6 pm CET and reached its funding goal within 48 hours.
Marjan van Aubel is an award-winning solar designer from the Netherlands. She aims to change the perspective on solar energy. She sees every surface as an opportunity to harness the Sun’s energy and believes Sunne is how objects should be– self-sufficient and powered by the Sun. Previously she has created solar tables and solar windows; Sunne is her first own initiated product that will be accessible to a wider range of people. In October 2021, Marjan van Aubel will present her new solar roof as part of the Dutch Pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai.