Now Trees Will Produce Power for You

With all the potential good wind power could do for the carbon economy, one of the objections hindering its implementation is aesthetic; people simply don’t want massive turbines dotting the landscape and marring their views. The Dutch founder of London’s Solar Botanic Ltd. was wrestling with that very issue in 2002 when the idea began to blossom: why not redesign the technology to blend into the natural world?

Solar Botanic’s ambitious goal involves layering existing technologies three-fold into the natural form of a leaf and producing fake power-producinSolar Botanic estimates that a single tree with a canopy 20 feet in diameter could power an average home, producing about 120,000 kilowatt-hours over two decades. Forests, on the other hand, could power entire population centers. But a more reasonable deployment scenario involves greening up parking lots while providing power to charge electric vehicles or planting the “trees” along highways to capture the turbulence of passing traffic.g trees that individually could power an entire home. Each “nanoleaf” would incorporate photovoltaics for collecting solar power, thermoelectrics for converting the sun’s heat to electricity, and piezoelectric nanogenerators in the leaves’ petioles (the stalk connecting the leaf to the branch) that capture the kinetic energy from the wind rustling the leaves.

Solar Botanic estimates that a single tree with a canopy 20 feet in diameter could power an average home, producing about 120,000 kilowatt-hours over two decades. Forests, on the other hand, could power entire population centers. But a more reasonable deployment scenario involves greening up parking lots while providing power to charge electric vehicles or planting the “trees” along highways to capture the turbulence of passing traffic.

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About Rashid Faridi

I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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1 Response to Now Trees Will Produce Power for You

  1. Henry says:

    You have a lot of great information here! I work for a geothermal heating and air conditioning company in Florida and we are seeing business soar right now. Geothermal technology is really catching on, especially with the tax credits available. Great job at spreading the word about better possibilities. Great blog! Henry

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