21 Feb '12, 4pm

Solar and Water-Powered Street Lights Take a Cue from the Mango Leaf

Solar and Water-Powered Street Lights Take a Cue from the Mango Leaf

Designer Adam Mikloski has come up with a beautiful design for solar powered street lights in India. Mimicking the structure of a seedling and the shape of mango leaves, the concept design captures not just sunlight but also rain to power the lamps. © Adam Miklosi The tops of the leaves have solar cells for sunny days. Meanwhile when it rains, the shape of the "leaves" funnels water to a drain into the post, where a water turbine can gather energy from the moving water. © Adam Miklosi The designer writes: [In] India, due to monsoon climate there is a high fall, which can be perfectly utilized...The number of sunny hours after the rainy season is high. Recycling the power of the sun and rain constitutes the basis of my concept. To define the shape, I used leaves and shoots of plants. Leaves are extremely important for drainage. I considered the shape of mango leaves favorab...

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