The Photo-Voltaic Energy kiosk developed for the New York Hall of Science uses live data and simple metaphors to communicate the science and significance of solar energy generation.
The web-based application pulls data from the museum’s own rooftop photo-voltaic array every fifteen minutes, showing each day’s power generation in near realtime. Kilowatt hours generated over the past week are compared to local weather data, demonstrating the relationship between direct sunlight and energy production.
Minigames and animations use visual metaphors to help visitors quantify the amount of power generated at the museum, comparing it to the energy consumption of real-world activities such as subway rides and video games.
- Communicator Award, Websites/Cultural Institutions (Silver)
- Summit Creative Award, Interactive Media/Educational Institution (Gold)