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Ha, I am back with something New!!
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Many of the most unpleasant aspects of urban life are caused by cars, for both driver and the city itself. Large sweltering expanses of tarmac in cities contribute heavily to the urban heat island effect, whilst cars also become unbearably hot in summer sitting in these urban deserts.

Optimizing the heliostatic photovoltaic panels ultimately resulted in their leaflike shape. Although never intentionally conceived to mimic the form of a tree, the panels rotate to follow the path of the sun throughout the day – much like sunflowers – absorbing light whilst also providing optimal shading for cars. Although all parked cars can benefit from shading, electric vehicles can directly charge their batteries by plugging into the ‘solar trees.’

Solar Tree is unique among anti-auto pollution designs in that it empathizes with the anthropomorphized automobile, but particularly with the electric car, providing a place for overworked, spent cars to regain their lost torque, to relax beneath the trees, to gain back their juice in an optimal stress-free environment.

This concept is designed by Neville Mars.
Image by Neville Mars.

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© Neville Mars
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30sqm Featured By Owner Edited Apr 25, 2015
Great concept Neville, and definitely an eye catching illustration - great job in making the point. 

However...,  I'm personally convinced that humans need a mother-earth natural look for piece of mind.  Point in case : Grey plastic furniture in our homes or would most of us prefer the natural warm textures of textiles and carpets, leather and wood.?  (clue : Step into 99.9/100 furniture stores and you'll see what is being bought).

The fact of the matter is that most of us get agitated and down-hearted in concrete (or plastic & steel) jungles. There's something primitive deep within our make up that either dies or rebels. Barely perceptibly at first but it is happening. Think urban development estates and how they are almost always trashed. That is no coincidence.

Might I suggest then : Solar panels need not be flat, nor continuous ...as any leaf will tell you ;)  so a solar array might be more like a net, where blue skies can be seen through.  And such a net might equally be supporting a beautiful vine or creeping flower (fragrance is equally important even to us men..!) where the plant life also oxygenates the air.  Imagine then a pergola, a solar canopy where man's needs and plant life are intertwined, where you can hear the bird's sing as you walk to and from your car.    And even the office workers who look down on it will be happier

Perhaps you might illustrate that for us ?  .. the artistic challenge will be to make it anywhere as near eye-catching !

pB.. 
(Design Engineer retired)
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shaynah1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just... AH!
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tatostrom Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
It's very beautyfull, but it's not logical, some panels are creating shades over the inferior panels...
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EchoWaie Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Think about how the sun moves throughout the day, yes, at any given point of time, one solar panel will cover another, but they will probably be designed in a way that every solar panel will be gathering energy at some point in the day. Remember also, that this is only a concept, and not set in stone. Good observations, though. 
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harleycharless Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Wowowo0wo0w0ow0wo0wo!!! Great information
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deeprana94 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you Sir...
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deadmanvalley Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have spent literally all day expressing my belief in the use of LED solar powered street light and then through looking around I came across this. It is absolutely brilliant. I love it so much that I have decided to work on some of my own designs. I really hope to see this become reality ASAP.
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deeprana94 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks for your critique....
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baticzio Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
It is brilliant !!!
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oven-baked Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Very interesting concept.
being optimized for solar power, aesthetics, and for providing shade.
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deeprana94 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student Photographer
Yap, I know it!!
See part 2 here: [link]
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