A single tree generates enough electricity to provide the necessary energy for a three-room house. Excess energy produced can be sold back into the main grid.
The Energy Tree can supplied with battery storage to power your house at night and charge your electric car. Overnight off peak power can be stored in the battery system.
Commercial parking is an ideal application for the SolarBotanic Tree to harvest and store solar energy and charge EV, with a rapid charge option. A grid connection allows cheaper off peak power to be stored.
The robust construction of the Energy Tree’s components allows it to stand against the most turbulent conditions.
SolarBotanic's first-generation solar 'energy tree' will be available in early 2023, and the company asserts that it will be affordable once it’s mass produced.
I've been liking this idea since I read David Brin's description (which came before any real-world examples, as far as I know) in his 1990 novel Earth. Consider the Sunshade-Photocell Collector:
Then he saw the geek - a codger this time - leaning against one of the slender stalks of a sunshade-photocell collector, looking directly at the three of them.
I like the idea of electric vehicles sheltering under a solar tree that is recharging them, but I can't help but think you'll need a much bigger "tree". A typical Tesla needs about 50 kWh for a decent charge, so a more realistic image would be one car charging per tree, all day.
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