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As the saying goes, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Or in this instance, it’s a case of artificial trees mimicking those found in nature. London-based SolarBotanic is banking on the concept of Biomimicry, which it describes as “innovation inspired by nature.” Attempting to capitalize on the designs and processes already found in nature, SolarBotanic has taken nature’s design and combined it with high-tech materials to engineer the Nanoleaf, which when put together with other Nanoleaves create a new tree species of sorts called Energy Harvesting Trees (EHTs). Capable of harvesting multiple energy sources, these EHTs take the sun, wind and heat collected in their tree canopies and convert the energies into clean electricity, without causing visual pollution or long-lasting damage to the environment or ecosystems.

The concept is promising, especially when you consider how far reaching the possibilities for this technology truly are. In late March, SolarBotanic announced a plan that would place its aesthetically pleasing EHTs along city highways throughout Europe.

“Each kilometre will be able to generate approximately 350,000 kWh per year, enough electricity to power approximately 60 average size houses and protect the environment by preventing the release of up to 500 tons of CO2 annually…Imagine if you can, highways and freeways lined with beautiful looking trees that not only create a barrier against the elements, but at the same time generate electricity 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

Yes. Imagine, indeed!

Read more at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/03/prweb2246214.htm

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New Wind Turbine in Portsmouth, RI to Deliver Green Energy- And an Estimated Three Million Dollars in Revenue

The island town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island recently constructed a 340-foot, 440,000-pound wind power turbine at the local high school.

According to material published by the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee, “the turbine pays for itself.” The green energy produced by the turbine is expected to net the town a nearly $200,000 dollar profit in the turbine’s first year of operation. Over a 20-year life (a conservative estimate since turbines are projected to have about a 25-year useful life), the project is expected to generate three million dollars in revenue for the town.

Portsmouth’s new wind turbine is expected to provide three million kilowatt hours per year of electricity. We applaud the efforts of this local community in harnessing the power of green energy to help create a better environment for all.

More Information: http://portsmouthrienergy.com
CNN Video: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/business/2009/03/18/dcl.se.windmills.cnn?iref=24hours

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