Solar Botanic is a company that plans to introduce “artificial trees that make use of renewable energy for the sun and wind.” They have created what they call “nanoleaves” that
Nanoleaf absorbs light and heat
produce electricity via photovoltaic (light), thermovoltaic (heat), and piezovoltaic (wind) means. Solar Botanic is claiming that a single one of their trees, depending on size and location, can produce between 2,000 and 12,000 kWh per year, plus the trees provide shade and function as a windbreak. Their Nanoleaves, which they say they can produce in a variety of real tree leaf shapes, contain solar cells to convert the sunlight into electricity and thermovoltaic elements to convert thermal radiation into electricity. The nanoleaves are then conected to the twigs and brances using tiny piezoelectric elements that convert the movements of the leaves caused by wind and rain into more electricity.
nanoleaf movement also creates electricity
According to this post in Green Energy News, the company is working on its first project, a Solar Botanic palm tree that will be “planted” at an undisclosed location in the Middle East. The company says that this one palm tree with 36 power generating fronds will generate more than 5,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in a year. Current plans call for 20 different types (or species) of artificial trees, which will be able to be used in a variety of climates and still look like they belong there.
solar botanic tree
Solar Botanic’s web site