- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Solar Forest Charging System for Parking Lots
Posted By Mike Chino On July 27, 2009 @ 5:30 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,Solar Power | 15 Comments
Although electric vehicle use is on the rise, we’re certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of providing them with a steady supply of clean energy – that’s why designer Neville Mars  has conceived of an incredible EV charging station that takes the form of an evergreen glade of solar trees . His photovoltaic grove serves a dual function, acting as a go-to source for clean renewable energy while providing a shady spot for cars to park as they charge.
Each of the trees in Neville Mars ‘s solar forest is composed of a set of photovoltaic leaves  mounted on an elegantly branching poll. The base of each trunk features an power outlet that can be used to juice up your eco ride as you run errands.
Neville told Inhabitat that the tree and leaf design wasn’t a goal but came naturally as they tried to maximize the shaded surface that the structures provide. Although the efficiency of overlapping photovoltaic panels initially raised some concerns, Neville went on to explain that the leaves rotate with the sun to ensure maximum efficiency. The solar forest is certainly an aesthetic step up from your standard sun-baked concrete parking lot, and serves as great inspiration for integrating solar technology with natural forms.
+ Solar Forest 
Via Ecofriend 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/solar-forest-charging-system-for-parking-lots/
URLs in this post:
 Neville Mars: http://burb.tv/view/Solar_forest
 solar trees: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/04/vivien-muller-photosyntheses-solar-charging-tree/
 photovoltaic leaves: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/04/solar-led-leaf-streetlights-by-jongoh-lee/
 Via Ecofriend: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-architecture-solar-forest-keeps-your-ev-cool-and-charges-it-as-well/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.