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Theresa Harmanen’s ALMA Lamp Is Powered by Trees
Posted By Diane Pham On April 5, 2012 @ 2:40 pm In Design,Green Lighting | 2 Comments
Theresa Harmanen ‘s Alma Tree Lamp is an innovative lighting design concept that takes energy directly from nature without destroying it. Designed to be plugged directly into a tree, this project explores the energy created when a tree “communicates” with its soil. By harvesting and storing this energy, Alma forgoes the need for a grid power source, lighting  up the streets while highlighting the beauty of plant life.
Trees produce energy in the process of maintaining a PH balance between itself and the soil, and the Alma concept uses this energy through a tree metabolic energy harvesting  technology. Storing the energy is done by using long-lived thin-film batteries containing non-hazardous materials, and the harvested energy can be used to power LED lights activated by motion sensors. The individual units can be placed according to the size of the tree.
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URLs in this post:
 Theresa Harmanen: http://theresaharmanen.com/
 lighting: http://inhabitat.com/field-of-light-by-bruce-monroe/
 energy harvesting: http://inhabitat.com/energy-harvesting-eco-leaf-shade-doubles-as-a-light-source-at-night/
 LED lights : http://inhabitat.com/ikeas-beautiful-new-solkullen-led-lamp-floats-like-a-paper-jellyfish/
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