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New Approach to Solar and Wind Power – Grow

SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology) latest technological innovation, the GROW panel, trumps both conventional solar panels and wind turbines in harnessing natural energy. Combining the best of green tech and ecology, GROW draws inspiration from ivy growing on the side of a building – resulting in a hybrid energy delivery device of flexible, ivy-like fluttering solar leaves that provide power via both sun and wind. Using a series of flexible solar cells as leaves, GROW takes the shape of ivy growing on a building- the leaves are solar cells while the wind that causes them to flutter is harvested as viable energy using a series of piezoelectric generators on the underside of each leaf. The GROW leaves are made from 100% recyclable polyethylene covered with thin film photovoltaic modules encapsulated in Tefzel.

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The solar leaves need to be wired together in order to collect the energy they produce, but the system is extremely flexible allowing it to be installed on a building no matter what shape it is. It’s also extremely easy to maintain since replacing a single leaf when it fails doesn’t require you to take down the entire installation. – Via – Inhabitat

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4 responses to “New Approach to Solar and Wind Power – Grow” - Add yours!

  1. June 27, 2009

    Incredible writing!! will visit:)

  2. Green Dragon said:
    September 25, 2009

    Well, that’s really a cool way to increase gnp!

    isn’t it!

    all the new technologies are coming with a convergence mega bang end use!

    ha ha ha

    Green Dragon

  3. March 30, 2010

    Intriguing post. I have been searching for some good resources for solar panels and found your blog. Going to bookmark this one!

  4. Denise said:
    September 21, 2010

    I know I first saw this post about GROW (aka Solar Ivy) in 2008. Since then, I’ve seen just a few other websites with just a little bit of information on this project/product. Will the developers ever start making this for the public?

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