Solar Floating Resort by Michele Puzzolante
There is more electrical energy created by the sun in one hour than the entire world use in one
year. The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the planet is so vast that in one year it
is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth’s non-renewable resources of
coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined.
Convinced that solar energy is the solution to environmental issues, Michele Puzzolante, Italian
Industrial Designer, decided to get involved in sustainable development by inventing a unique
building integrated photovoltaic concept totally self-sufficient energy generator, non-polluting and in
unison with its natural surroundings.
Michele Puzzolante’s invention is based on a new structural element that is composed of a fifteen
millimeter outside skin and a fifteen millimeter inside skin in balsa reinforced fiberglass. Thin films
photovoltaic are integrated into the two skins to absorb sunlight energy from the outside and
artificial lighting energy from the inside. Between the two skins there is a thirty centimeter vacuum
insulation to protect the habitation from outside heat as well as reducing the consummation of air
conditioning to the minimum. After a thorough research and programming step Michele Puzzolante
designed the Solar Floating Resort, a building integrated photovoltaic concept that could be used
for terrestrial as well as floating applications.
SOLAR FLOATING RESORT (SFR)
Investors from the Philippines have shown great interest in the Solar Floating Resort and
negotiations are in progress to set up 59 Islands in the Philippines.
SFR consists of:
FIVE STAR HOTEL:
1 Hall Event 600 m2
4 Conference Rooms 70 m2
1 Restaurant 260 m2
1 Bar lounge 260 m2
1 VIP lounge 160 m2
1 Wellness Center Spa 410 m2
1 Boutique Area 150 m2
36 Bedrooms 26 m2
12 Junior Suites 50 m2
4 Suites 70 m2
2 Presidential Penthouses 160 m2.
Marina for 14 Yachts
Marina for 10 Solar Floating Resorts Units
1 Under water Restaurant 185 m2
1 Underwater Bar Lounge Disco 240 m2
3 Mini Airports/Heliports
4 Receptions 110 m2
4 Back Offices 80 m2
2 Storages Maintenance 130 m2
17 Staff Berthing 30 m2
3 Officers Berthing 30 m2
1 Staff Cafeteria 160 m2
1 Control Tower – Security 170 m2 .
20 Private Villas 100 m2.
With SFR we enter a new era of advanced construction techniques, based on industrial design rather than traditional architecture.
SFR uses advanced materials, systems and techniques that have been applied successfully in the
car and naval industries.
SFR has been designed with the industrial viewpoint of fabricating repetitive standard elements,
using molding technology. This way, the master molds can reproduce hundreds of pieces cutting
down considerably the fabrication costs, like in the car industry. Therefore, the main originality of SFR resides in its modular system that permits to construct all the parts in a factory, transport them by containers on site by ground, air or sea and to assemble the whole in a few weeks, like a “Lego”.
Thin films photovoltaic work under low light conditions as well as artificial light. The electrical
current produced by the thin films photovoltaic is converted from direct current (DC) into
alternative current (AC), almost twenty four hours the day, providing enough energy to the entire
electrical systems of the SFR. The excess of electrical current is then stored into Flywheel Energy
Thin films photovoltaic have a dye that absorbs light and transforms it into electricity. It is a solar
cell very cheap compare to the silicon cell. The dye is based on a chlorophyll molecule, the
chemical that plants use to absorb sunlight.
That’s science imitating nature! It’s called artificial photosynthesis. A molecule of chlorophyll
absorbs light and generates electrical charges and then those charges are conducted to produce
an electrical current.
They absorb light from sunlight, low light conditions, cloudy skies, non-direct sunlight and artificial
Thus, we can recycle the energy wasted in the electrical indoor lighting process!
And use it back in the electrical system again!
The niche market selected for the SFR was the luxury island resort development and five stars
front beach hotel upgrade to seven stars level.
With an estimated 30,000 five stars front beach hotels and island resorts around the world, the
Solar Floating Resort has good chances to become a reality.
Moreover, setting the good example by using renewable and clean energy in any type of industry is
today a must.