As industrial design goes, the Solar Tree offers a lot of goodies and apparently, without much of a trouble. Designer Matthew Seibert’s artificial tree can tap into natural resources and draw power from the sun and the wind.
The Solar Tree is supposed to be 50-75 feet high, which positions it ideally for collecting solar as well as wind energy by exposing it to sunlight and higher velocity winds as compared to lower heights.
Created out of molded fiber-reinforced plastic and tempered stainless steel, the tree functions as a vertical axis wind turbine. Lightweight construction and suitable alignment of the fronds ensures easy rotation of the wind turbine. The fronds also have photovoltaic cells on them to generate solar energy, the upper trunk of the tree also has photovoltaic cells.
Energy so generated in the upper half of the tree is transferred to the lower part, which houses the batteries by means of induction.