Pratt Design Incubator - SMIT (Solar Ivy)
Pratt Institute, 2006 - $14,700
This E-Team is developing Solar Ivy, a solar panel designed to resemble ivy vines. Solar Ivy consists of flexible photovoltaic foil molded to look like ivy and piezoelectric generators acting as leaves. The foil produces solar energy. The team, the first to come out of Pratt Institute's Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology (SMIT) group, has partnered with a solar foil manufacturer, DayStar Technologies, and a piezoelectric manufacturer, Face International. The team intends the product to be an aesthetically pleasing alternative to standard solar panels, and plan to target multiple markets, including commercial, residential, and the developed and developing worlds.
Since 2011, Solar Ivy has focusing on developing and commercializing its Solar Ivy product.
In 2009, SMIT exhibited Solar Ivy at the MoMa Exhibition: Design and the Elastic Mind, and Design Philadelphia, where they were commissioned to outfit a bus stop in solar ivy. People who were waiting for the bus could simply plug in their cell phone to charge their battery. Solar Ivy has been featured in a number of magazines and was a concept design for a five-star luxury hotel in Zayed Bay, Abu Dhabi. Most recently, SMIT exhibited Solar Ivy at Dwell on Design for the Designboom Kitchen Ecology: Recipes for Good Design.
More media coverage:
- GOOD Magazine: Tensile Solar Structure product (May 2011)
- Popular Science: Lightweight Solar Panels that Mimic Ivy (Summer 2010)
- Departures: Solar Energy with Style
- MetropolisMag.com: The Ripple Effect
- Dwell: The Future of Solar
- Inhabitat: Inspiring Examples of Groundbreaking Green Technology
- Mother Nature Network
- NY Times local online: Solar Ivy grows in the Navy yard
- Fast Company story (December 2010)
- New York Times 'idea of the year' (2009)
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