One Shot: A New Leaf

Photo by Teresita Cochran

This structure may currently reside in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but it’s much more than a work of art: It’s an alternative energy system. Renewable energy start-up company SMIT (Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology) designed Grow as an attractive alternative to clunky solar panels and wind turbines. The system was inspired by ivy leaves, and, like the plant, could one day cover building exteriors. The individual solar “leaves” are made of flexible photovoltaic cells and small-scale piezoelectric generators that produce energy as the leaves move in the wind. SMIT expects a solar-only version to be available this year. You can see Grow at MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition through May 12.

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