Daylight investigations - Region AFRICA
ISHIMWE MUNYANDEKWE Augustin
Dr Josephine Malonza
University of Rwanda - College of science and technology, Kigali-Nyarugenge
The project aims at improving daylight in unplanned settlements where normal daylighting solutions seem to be inefficient. The possible solution in these kind of settlements is opening skylight to let light in. Opening a skylight come with a Heat and Glare problems which are the common problems in tropical buildings. The concept is developed to overcome Glare by preventing direct sunlight from the created skylight where light is put through sequences of refraction and reflections to make its presence in a mild and agreeable intensity. By providing an escape for hot air and an entry for cool air, the problem of heat is solved.
The possibility to store sunlight energy in form of chemical energy made it possible to remove the limits of using sunlight imposed by the falling of night where these chemicals “Azobenzene” release heat in presence of a catalyst.