3D Printed Solar Energy Trees: An Innovation for the Future World
Published on : Friday 26-06-2020
There is a wide increase in the development of technologies and the rapid incorporation of those innovation technologies in our day-to-day life. This created a wide need for energy demand in the green form, which is limited available in the global market. This inherits the need and demand of 3D printed solar energy trees to store the energy to further transfer it for the essential use. In 3D printed solar energy trees, we literally print trees that will harness solar power for us. These devices are covered in tiny synthetic leaves that are made of flexible organic solar cells.
Considering the design and features, in his printed tree, each leaf has a separate power converter and harvest kinetic and heat power if they are placed outdoors in the proper position to extract heat. The manufacturing of these is primarily made from wood-based biocomposites, which makes them similar to the real trees.
“Currently 3D printed solar energy trees can power your mobile, nonetheless envision the impact whole forestry can have tomorrow”
How does 3D printed solar energy trees work?
These kinds of trees have actually flexible organic solar cells and manufacturing/printed using a well-established mass-production method. Moreover, each leaf has a separate power converter to create a multi converter system to initiate the collection of energy from a variety of sources like solar, wind, and heat temperature. It is expected that there are more solar panels in a tree that can harvest more energy in a process. The trunks formed with wood-based biocomposites materials based on mass-producible and can be infinitely replicated.
“Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are focusing on the innovation and development of advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They are developing decorative prototypes of energy harvesting trees. The formation of leaves generates and store solar energy and can be used to power small appliances and mobile devices. They flourish indoors and outdoors and can also harvest kinetic energy from wind and temperature changes in the surrounding environment”
In the current market, the production of alternative energy requires huge land, resources, and money. In general, the increased cost of the procedure to produce alternative energy and further incorporation of it for the consumers is difficult, which makes limited demand for it in the market. While the cost of 3D printed solar energy trees is less compared to any other procedure and this leads its incorporation in the home and commercial complexes for the use of small applications to limited dependency on the electric energy.