Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

July 9, 2015 by  
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Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

June 5, 2012 by  
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Charlotte, NC recently showed its commitment to clean energy with the installation of two beautiful bright red solar power installations shaped like trees! Situated at the Discovery Place science museum, the sculptural solar systems were designed by Spotlight Solar , and each one is able to generate about half the electricity consumed by a typical Charlotte residence. The installations show visible support for clean energy, complementing other investments the city has made in solar (hidden from view on rooftops or in fields). + Spotlight Solar The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charlotte , discovery place , green energy , north caroline , renewable energy , solar panels , solar tree , Spotlight solar , sustainable design

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Green Design Highlights from Parsons’ MFA Product Design Thesis Exhibition

June 5, 2012 by  
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USAgain’s Infographic Illustrates the Environmental Impact of a T-shirt

June 5, 2012 by  
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Photo by  Shutterstock Think that simple t-shirt you’ve got on is free from environmental impact? Think again.  USAgain has drawn up an eye-opening infographic that illustrates the damage a single t-shirt has on the earth. From excessive water usage to heavy carbon emissions, things get pretty ugly when it comes to your Beefy-T. Find out more after the jump. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon footprint , eco-fashion , eco-friendly T-shirts , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , infographics , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sustainable T-shirts , USAgain

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Envision Solar Creates a Tracking Solar Tree for General Motors

November 18, 2011 by  
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General Motors has long been pursuing a more environmentally friendly business model, producing electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt in  landfill-free facilities . However, they can now add solar charging canopies to their achievements with the Tracking Solar Tre which was recently installed at GM’s Company Vehicle Operations site in Warren, Michigan. Read the rest of Envision Solar Creates a Tracking Solar Tree for General Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Envision Solar Tracking Solar Tree Array , General Motors Envision Solar , General Motors solar power , General Motors Tracking Solar Tree , GM Company solar power , Solar Power , tracking solar array GM Motors , Tracking Solar Tree , Tracking Solar Tree Array

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5 stunning solar tree designs to help charge your electric cars

August 23, 2011 by  
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Garima Goel: solar tree solar tree convert sun’s energy to electricity Pollution, now days is the most scary word of all and in fact is more discussed than any other thing, as it is causing various environmental as well as health problems. Transportation is considered to be the largest cause of air pollution. Along with making the air dirty, fuel efficient cars increases our dependency on a non renewable energy source. Therefore people are coming up with different ideas to lessen and somehow finish up with usage of gasoline dependent vehicles. Keeping in mind the numerous requirements of consumers, different types of electronic vehicles are being manufactured by the car companies. Solar power, which is the energy of sun, is being considered to be a good option for producing electricity to feed the electronic vehicles. and for that various designs are planted to harness this energy of the sun and produce green electricity to run the EV’s. Five of such solar trees are discussed below: 1. Nissan’s electric vehicle charging station This sunflower inspired ‘Solar tree’ consists of three round translucent solar panels to harness the energy of sun, is designed by Nissan. It also consist of a clove leaf shaped wireless charging pad at the base of the solar station which can recharge the batteries from a short distance without making use of any plugs or cords. An estimated conversion efficiency of 30% is offered by the solar station is accompanied with the EPORO robot car. 2. Envision’s vehicle-charging solar trees in PA San Diego based firm Envision Solar International, Inc., which is a leading sustainable infrastructure product designer and developer, has designed solar trees, the sun parking structures, at Axion Power International’s facility. The stored solar power will provide electricity to the facility’s street and parking lights at night. Around six parking spots are covered by each solar tree, roughly generating 28,000 kilowatt hours of power per year in the U.S. It takes around six hours to completely charge two electric vehicles at a time. 3. Pinnifarna’s solar tree to charge electric vehicles Italy based automotive company Pinnifarna has proudly set up a solar power tree to charge the electric vehicles especially for its pint sized Nido EV to make it completely eco-friendly. last year the company debuted with a two seater electric car. The solar tree station that the company has designed is named Antares and can charge two electric cars at a time. Thetree like structure of the charging station consist of 20 PV solar panels and is capable to generate 4.6 kilowatts energy. 4. Solarflora This beautiful solar tree generates clean and sustainable power for charging small electric vehicles and also for supplying electricity to park lights. Planted in Long Beach, Southern California the Solarflora is designed by Darren Saravis founder of Nectar design. The designer has made use of locally produced materials to create this elegant green design as a combination of eco-friendly technology and public-space friendly artwork. A single flower installs four solar panels and can generate upto750 watt-hours per day to power evening park lights, street lamps and on-site offices. The Solarflora also serves as a charging station for electric bikes and small electric vehicles. 5. Solar forest charging station for electric vehicles The solar forest is created by designer Neville mars to charge electric vehicles using sustainable and renewable source of energy, the sun. The solar trees implanted in the solar forest consist of photovoltaic groves that not only generate green electricity but also provide with shady parking spaces for the electric cars. The base of each pole has a power outlet that can be used to charge your eco ride. The designer says that the photovoltaic leaves rotate with the sun to give maximum efficiency.

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10 stunning solar tree designs

August 19, 2011 by  
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Garima Goel: solar tree designs r trees employs solar panels to produce elactricity Instead of causing problems for the environment with the abundance of carbon footprint, we should come up with some practical solution to clean up the mess and that is why clean energy sources have become appealing. Solar power keeps the surroundings cleaner and healthier. Photovoltaic cells that harness the solar power is an attractive option for capturing light and generating electric power. Various designers have implemented this PV technology in their designs and have created solar trees that amount to generation of cleaner electricity in an eco-friendly way. Out of many, we have listed the 10 best below. 1. Backyard Science: The Solar Tree Designer Gurdeep Sandhu has created this solar tree that is energy-efficient and can be easily installed taking up a minimal space in your backyard. The solar panels soak up the sun’s energy during the day which can be used instantly or can be stored for future. Its major advantage is that the solar panels can be upgraded according to the latest PV technology to gain maximum benefit. 2. Solar-Powered Tree: Boston Treepod France’s Influx Studio and SHIFT Boston collaborated to design The Boston Treepod. Designers Mario Caceres and Cristian Canonico have created these solar powered trees which not only harness solar energy to generate electricity but also suck carbon dioxide from air and convert it into oxygen. The solar panels are supported by the wide branches and umbrella style of tops. 3. Solar tree that can be carried around The solar tree designed by Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim is light and portable and you can easily take it along with you to any place. The solar panels of this personalized solar-powered pole can generate enough electricity. It also contains sufficient sockets to plug in multiple devices at the same time. 4 . Ross Lovegrove’s Solar tree The renowned Welsh designer, Ross Lovegrove, teamed up with ARTEMIDE, the leading Italian specialist for innovation in lighting, and SHARP SOLAR, a global market leader for solar cells to create the solar tree for MAK (Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art) in Vienna. This solar tree was the first in the city to provide a street lighting system that was powered by the solar energy generated by the solar panels during the day. 5. Pininfarina designs EV charging solar tree Italian automotive designer Pininfarina has created the Antares, a solar tree especially to power his two-seater electric car called Nido EV. The solar tree is composed of 20 photovoltaic solar panels that can produce up to 4.6 kilowatts of energy that is sufficient to recharge two electric cars. 6. SonUmbra solar-powered tree lights up the night SonUmbra is a solar powered tree, whose branches are composed of light emitting strands that glow in the dark. The canopy of the photovoltaic panels seizes sunlight and prospers light and sound during night time. The sonic shade of light was exhibited at London’s Design Festival and the remote areas were chosen for the implementation of the beautiful design. 7. Electree – Solar-powered ‘Tree’ to charge your mobile devices This solar tree is designed in the shape of a bonsai tree by a Paris-based industrial designer, Vivien Muller. The small solar panels of ‘Electree’ collect the solar power during daylight and produce electric power that charges the battery inside it. This in turn is used to charge cell phones, digital cameras, iPods etc. 8. Light Tree: A solar-powered hydroponic street lamp The innovative concept of light tree is created by Omar Huerta. The nano-tube solar cells grasp the radiant energy of sun during the day which powers the LED lights. It also employs the hydroponic techniques to grow plants at the ends of the tree’s branches giving it a unique beautiful natural look. 9. Solarflora: This solar-powered generating tree comes handy while travelling California-based Darren Saravis, the founder of Nectar design, has created this solar-power generating tree. The Solarflora is used in park lighting and even charging small electric vehicles. The solar panels are made from locally produced materials and can generate around 750 watt-hours a day. 10. Nothing design group: Tree Solar Streetlights Tree Solar Streetlights are a creation of Korea-based Nothing Design Group and Asiana Airlines along with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The solar street lights are established to safeguard the tourists who come to visit the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and also to lower the carbon dioxide emissions.

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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

August 18, 2011 by  
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While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees branch in a very specific way, Aidan Dwyer created a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels . His impressive results show that using a specific formula for distributing solar cells can drastically improve energy generation. The study earned Aidan a provisional U.S patent – it’s a rare find in the field of technology and a fantastic example of how biomimicry can drastically improve design. Read the rest of 13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aidan Dwyer , biomimicry solar , boy solar invention , new solar array , solar array , solar technology , solar tree , tree inspired solar

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Tourism London unveils world’s tallest Solar Tree

October 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Solar tree sculpture generates about 8.6KW of power.

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Solar Trees harvest energy during the day to illuminate the night

July 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Solar-powered streetlight concept. Fusing nature and technology, designers over at Vinaccia Integral Design have conceptualized the Solar Tree – an innovative street lighting system that gets powered by renewable solar energy. The Solar Trees are a tribute to the energy and beauty of Mother Nature

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