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March 1st, 2009

Fake plastic trees

Abstract:
Strange things have been happening on land this week, too. Artificial trees could soon be providing our energy - thanks to SolarBotanic, a company that specialises in an emerging tech called biomimicry, which uses nature-inspired methods to solve human problems.

Even better than real trees, its Energy Harvesting Trees are adorned in Nanoleaves, which harness the sun's energy using nanotechnology, and convert the radiation into electricity.

'Just like a tree!' we hear you say. Correct, except SolarBotanic's trees also support nano-piezovoltaic material in their stems and twigs, serving as a generator to produce electricity from any movement caused by wind or rain, as well.

The company is looking for funding to develop the project further. No comment as to whether Thom Yorke is involved.

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