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Solar tree design destined for China

CCTV.com

12-04-2014 13:54 BJT

It looks like a tree, has branches, and provides shade. But a new high tech tree out of Israel brings added value to urban parks by using the sun's energy to stimulate environmental awareness and power tech gadgets. The tree may be coming to urban China parks soon.

The eTree looks like a real tree but instead of branches solar panels jut out strategically to harvest the sun

The eTree looks like a real tree but instead of branches solar panels jut out strategically to harvest the sun's energy providing electricity, USB power, WIFI and shade.

There's an old saying: Money doesn't grow on trees, but in our high tech times what DOES grow on trees is energy. The eTree looks like a real tree but instead of branches solar panels jut out strategically to harvest the sun's energy providing electricity, USB power, WIFI and shade. Captured solar power also operates in reverse fashion, cooling the fountain drinking water. Modeled after the desert Acacia, the eTree is part social-environment project and ecological sculpture intended to bring solar energy and environmental awareness to the public and link urban centers with the environment.

The e-Tree is also designed to connect communities.Eventually a screen here will enable someone in central Israel to tap into the screen and connect and communicate with someone, say, in Beijing.

As target markets go, China is a key potential buyer.

"The people in Shanghai, for instance, are now negotiating with us the number of trees and hopefully some of them will be planted - or installed more properly - in Shanghai very soon," says Clause Brightman, spokesman of SOLOGIC.

In a world of hectic schedules and high connectivity to electronic devices, the philosophy behind eTree's inception is about slowing the pace.

"Sit down, relax, charge yourself, your mobile telephone, connect to the world via the WIFI and I’ll be there tomorrow, you can come join me tomorrow, and I'm not requesting anything," says Michael Lasry, Etree inventor.

A futuristic version of Shel Silverstein's "Giving Tree", perhaps? That's the aim.

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