Gallery: ‘Solar Ivy’ Photovoltaic Leaves Climb to New Heights

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Solar Ivy (or SMIT Grow) is a spectacular system of thin, fluttering solar panels that generate energy by sparkling in the sunlight. The wind and solar power generating photovoltaic leaves can be easily integrated on the side of a building to produce energy. The concept, designed by Brooklyn based SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology), consists of a layer of thin-film material on top of polyethylene with a piezoelectric generator attached to each leaf. When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, energy is being generated via Solar Ivy.

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  1. Daniel Cowen December 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

    This is so cool!I have explored solar power from several company’s only to find out that it was going to take 15-20
    years to recoup my investment and it only produces powen when there is sunlight this is amazing I hope i can afford it!

  2. TheDED1 July 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I just saw this creeping solar ivy last night, and now I find this. I was just thinking that it would be cool if there was a solar tree. That would be interesting, and entire tree with leaves of solar collectors, and the trunk is the AC/DC converter box, and then a “root” goes along underground and attaches to the house feeding it the extra electricity. Artistic, pretty, always green, and provides electricity. Neat idea.

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  7. arash675 July 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

    will they hang there still, after an old fashoined automn storm??
    but i do admit it is excellent publicity. great job.

  8. el-in-dc July 4, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Seems more decorative than anything else. Not that that is bad but if you are looking for energy generaton I am not sure this is the way to go. I would prefer a living green wall to fluttering solar cells, myself.

  9. AAWindoze2 July 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Wow, now if that aint the coolest thing I ever seen!

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