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Solar-Panel Forests Along Your Highways! Nissan Unveils a Concept

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How do you like your city corridors lit up with artificial trees that bear solar panels? Nissan has something of that sort in mind. At the Ceatec 2010, the Japanese company lifted the wraps off a new solar tree concept as part of the 2030 Zero-emission City proposal that Nissan and a few other firms are participating in.  The concept stems from an idea aimed at creating the next-generation city design based on the new green  initiatives with a goal set in 2030.

The Solar Tree concept comes about as a tree-like structure that has on board as many as three translucent solar panels. These panels have been designed in such a way that they track the movement of the sun and thereby make sure there is optimal energy generation. Sounds awesome, right?

If the concept turns real, you would get to see these trees planted within your city or in clusters of 1000 units along highways.

Apart from lighting up streets and highways, they could even  be capable of powering as many as 7000 homes with renewable solar energy!

The concept has been designed so as to return an efficiency of about 30 percent, says Ubergizmo.  This, in fact, would be much more than what the panels we see around us today give us.

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Further, we like the design. We look forward to the concept turning real so that we could get to see forest of such solar panel trees  around our homes and along highways.

Aesthetics plus utility, that is what we would like to call it. What do you think? Don’t hesitate to scribble in your comments in the space provided.

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2 Comments on this Post

  1. solar energy is very useful to us indeed. but now because of the depletion of ozone layer, too much of uv rays are entering earth which can be very harmful to us. it can develop skin problems and eyesight problems.

  2. Only about 14% of the sun’s energy that hits today’s solar panels is converted to electricity. The best panels out there are around 22%. Since the plants live off the sun, I would say they are more efficient.

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