Solar-powered trees provide shade, power and WiFi for the community

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  • Saturday, 29 Nov 2014

Unveiled in Zikhron Ya’akov, Israel, the eTree harnesses solar power to charge mobile devices, cool water, and provide free WiFi for communities.

The tree’s form is inspired by the Acacia tree, with seven solar panels branching out from the structure’s brown metal trunk. The panels can generate as much as 1.4 kilowatts of power, or enough to run 35 laptops.

The structure is also built with a rechargeable battery that stores power for cloudy days and lights up LEDs at night. Its developer, Sologic, intends to equip future eTrees with technology that condenses water from from air, and built-in cameras that connect eTree communities around the world.

The US$100,000 (RM350,000) trees would not replace solar panels but may catch on as a fun park fixture worldwide.

“We're in the middle of the desert and we're able to create everything we need just from the solar system,” Sologic CEO Michael Lasry said in an NPR report. — Next Media animation/Reuters
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