Today Otherlab was named for an ARPA-E award for "Transformational Energy Technology Projects" to develop an innovative heliostat design. The proposal "Adaptive Fluidic Solar Collectors" explores a fluidics-based approach to solar actuation. This new class of actuators combines high-volume polymer manufacturing methods with novel, computationally derived geometries. The result is a radically reduced cost, high-performance actuator for solar applications. Otherlab proposed a lean research program, de-risking and developing prototypes at a fraction of the cost of many other projects. More about the ARPA-E award here .
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The solar project is a success story of science inspired by art. Above is a piece by the incredible artist Ned Kahn, whose work was one of our early inspirations.