After decades of experience in the fabric architecture industry as founders of FTL Design, Todd Dalland, Robert Lerner and Colin Touhey started Pvilion in 2011 to create an all-encompassing technology design, engineering, and manufacturing operation in Brooklyn, NY. Pvilion integrates flexible solar cells with bendable substrates like fabric, composites and stainless steel to create innovative, lightweight shade and solar structures that produce power.
Pvilion’s vision is to promote renewable energy through architecture, sculpture and technology development. Because Pvilion’s products provide more than just solar electricity—they serve as landmark beacons for design-oriented organizations—often working with forward-thinking and environmentally-conscious groups who are trying to extend their sustainability initiatives into the realm of celebrated public spaces.
Since its inception, Pvilion has been at the forefront of innovative, sustainable designs. This spans 40 years with hundreds of built projects globally. With United States Army in the 1990s, Pvilion was the first to design, engineer and fabricate solar fabric power stations for remote troops in the field. Fast forward to the commercial designs for such notable clients as Carnegie Hall, where Pvilion was called on to design and build a temporary air-beam event tent that is fully engineered for building codes, but when deflated can fit easily into a freight elevator. Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, is the site of the world’s lightest fabric solar carport. Tallahassee, Florida is the home to the world’s longest solar powered pedestrian bridge. The 2500 linear feet of solar fabric canopies provide lighting to the Capital Cascades Park and are engineered to withstand a CAT 4 hurricane. When Camp Rockaways at Fort Tilden needed remote, off-grid power for lighting and cell phone charging, Pvilion provided a temporary event tent with solar fabric accessory for the job.
Currently, Pvilion is installing solar fabric canopies at Skyland Park in Brookhaven, GA. These canopies will provide shade, lighting and mobile charging for the area residents. Next, you will see one of our solar ready fabric canopies as part of the new pavilion for the Carol Roberts Field House at Yale University. Pvilion is very excited to be back in its NYC backyard to collaborate on a solar pilot program with DCAS and The New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG). This summer while enjoying the food truck offerings at the NYBG, have a seat underneath the new 90’ solar canopy that will provide LED lighting, mobile charging and sustainable power to the food truck generators.
Pvilion’s flexible solar technology is at the forefront of the rapidly changing innovations in wearable tech for today’s consumers. This includes working with large consumer brands to integrate flexible solar technology into wearable garments for several years. The solar jacket collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger was a sold-out success! This incorporated a removable solar panel that lets the owner plug in their smart phones for remote charging. Keep an eye out for our the newest Tommy Hilfiger Solar Totes hitting stores now.
Check out www.pvilion.com for upcoming retail designs. Pvilion’s founders have long history with Brooklyn and we are excited to collaborate with our Brooklyn Chamber members. Please feel free to come visit us at our design studio on John St., contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-852-2528. We look forward to hearing from you!
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