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Solar and wind power generating trees

Using biomimicry techniques, an artificial tree or plant structure can function as a passive solar and wind power harvester, according to SolarBotanic.

Biomimicry and nanotechnology are integral to SolarBotanic’s technology where specifically designed nanoleaves are incorporated with a combination of biomimicry and advanced nanotechnologies to generate electricity.

SolarBotanic’s energy harvesting process utilises three types of technologies: photovoltaics (PV), thermovoltaics (TV) and piezovoltaic (PZ) – a direct conversion of kinetic energy into electricity.

The technologies are utilised in the nanoleaf to convert solar radiation (light and heat) into electricity. In addition, the leaf petiole or the stem, and twigs comprise nano-piezovoltaic material producing electricity from movement or kinetic energy caused by wind or falling raindrops.

According to SolarBotanic, an average tree with a canopy of approximately 6 m2 can generate enough energy to provide for the needs of the ‘average household’.

SolarBotanic retains patents and has patents pending covering biomimicry, nanoleaf technology, energy transfer materials and process, and has confirmed proof of concept criteria as required by investor groups. The company says it is interested in talking to potential partners to take the project from the R&D phase to full commercialisation.

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