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The tree-inspired form consists of six leaf-style solar panels on top of 20 “stems,” as well as big lights on 10 grass-like stalks, topped with LEDs that come on automatically when it gets dark. Although the solar tree can absorb enough power to glow for three days, it can also feed energy back once connected to the grid. For those of you lucky enough to be in the capital city during this summer’s events, the solar tree will remain rooted to its spot over the course of the Olympics and the Paralympics through September 2012.

+ Clerkenwell Design Week

+ Ross Lovegrove

Images courtesy of Ashley Bingham