James Cameron has designed a new solar flower that’s aimed at making solar power both functional and attractive. It’s not the first time the director has taken a pro-environmental stance. After all, when he made Avatar, he used solar to power filming and production of the film, which he had said was a first for the industry.
It’s not the first time that someone’s designed a solar flower, however. Monitor Power introduced a solar panel flower it called the Lotus Mobile in 2013. Still, with Cameron’s name his new solar flower could prove to be a good way to help popularize small commercial solar installations by http://www.iwatchonline.ag/tv-schedule making them more attractive.Cameron installed the first of the flowers at the MUSE School his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, cofounded. They were actually borne out of concept he said he created in 2012 as a birthday present for her. Being Cameron, he had access to talent in Hollywood. In this case a computer graphics modeler he worked with on Avatar designed the flowers.
The flowers consist of 33 foot tall towers. Each one is 28.5 feet wide, has 14 solar panels as petals and 10 more as the center of the flower. They’re mounted on a tracker system so the flower head can follow the sun throughout the day producing as much power as possible throughout the day. The design also creates a shade umbrella ideal for use in public spaces or a school play yard, for instances, and since the system tracks the sun throughout the day, the flowers provide the highest amount of shade possible.
Cameron is patenting the system and its design, but isn’t planning on producing the devices. Rather he plans on publishing all the information after the idea’s been patented so others can use the plans to create their own versions of the devices.
Cameron and his wife unveiled the devices in May but they’re starting to gain attention now. At that point he said the systems were about 75 percent to 90 percent of the school’s power in the Spring, about 260 kilowatt hours a day. He thought they could produce about 100 percent of the school’s power in summer months though.Tweet