GROW

 - Feb 29, 2008
References: s-m-i-t & gizmodo
Taking a cue from mother nature, GROW is an innovative and aesthetically ingenious solar and wind power solution inspired by leaves; that utilizes the best of green technology and ecology.

GROW, which is developed by SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology), uses a series of flexible solar cells as leaves taking the shape of ivy growing on a building- the leaves are solar cells while the wind that causes them to flutter is harvested as viable energy. The result in a hybrid energy delivery device of leafy, fluttering solar shingles that provide power via both sun and wind.

GROW also integrates an energy monitoring system for users to visualize their consumption. The leaves are made of 100% recyclable polyethylene, and are available in a variety of colors and opacities, so you can choose what looks best on your house.

A prototype of GROW is currently being shown at the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind (Feb 19th - May 12th, 2008).