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Solar Energy Does Grow on Trees Solar panels are starting to appear in some unconventional places, coated on window panes, on roads, and now even on trees, thanks to an lsraeli company called Sologic. The project, eTree - a collaboration between Sologic CEO Michael Lasry and artist Yoav Ben-Dov - is a metal sculpture that looks like a tree with solar panels on each of its branches.

The e-free is more than just a solar-energy harvesting installation, however - it's a vision for the sustainable public space of the future, comprised of the tree sculpture with solar panels that provide shade, and a bench that serves as a WiFi access point and a place to recharge USB devices. It also has a water cooler with fresh drinking water, also powered by the solar panels.

Additionally, the energy produced from the solar panels activates a camera and LCD screen display providing visitors with information about local weather as well as educational and environmental information, Lasry said. The screen also allows for communication between eTrees planted in different locations around the world, he said.

"eTree is an environmental enterprise that aims to promote awareness to sustainability within the community," Lasry said. "It is the first of its kind integrating art, environment. sustainability, and community."

The eTree is constructed from metal tubes, with each branch measuring 1.4 square meters. There are seven solar panels on top and the whole structure is integrated into a tempered glass base.

The panels can supply an average of 1,400W per hour or 7 KW per day, and the panels ale protected by weather resistant glass. The company installed the first eTree in the Ramat Hanadiv public gardens in the Israeli town of Zichron Ya'akov. Two more eTrees are set to be installed, one in Nice and another in Shanghai.

Author: Elizabeth Montalbano

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