A London based company has combined three technologies of alternative energy, wind turbines, solar panels and solar collectors, to come up with an artificial tree generating enough electricity for a house.
Solar Botanic, the creator of the power plant, has created a fully artificial tree capable of taking advantage of the wind, light and heat they’re exposed to while outside and also reduces the home owner’s dependence on public power grid.
The company’s website refers to wind turbine, solar panel nd solar collector technologies as piezovoltaic, photovoltaic and thermovoltaic.
The secret to Solar Botanic’s trees is in the leaves, which are called Nanoleaves, and each one functions as a tiny wind-harvesting/sunlight-gathering/heat-absorbing device.
The leaves are green, which makes them slightly less efficient at gathering sunlight than conventional solar panels, but they do have a better consumer aesthetic.
“The more wind there is, the more Nanoleaves are moved, the stronger the wind, the higher the ‘flap’ frequency, and therefore the larger the watts generated,” Discovery News quoted a description on the company’s website as saying.
“Plus, falling raindrops can also producing electricity by stimulating leaf movement. Though each individual movement, warmth or ray will only generate picowatts of power, hundreds of leaves on a single tree can combine to generate a siginificant wattage,” it said.
According to Solar Botanic, a broad leaf artificial tree resembling an oak or a maple could generate 3500kWh and 7000kWh per year, and an evergreen could crank out 2500kWh to 7000kWh per year.
The company said their solutions offer “50 percent more power than conventional solar systems.”
Energy gathered is stored in the three’s trunk until it can be used by the house.