Elise Hounslow

Elise Hounslow

Industrial Design and Technology BA

E-Leave Solar Wind Tree

An aesthetically pleasing alternative to solar or wind harvesting power

Working in collaboration with SolarBotanic, the E-Leave E12358 tree encompasses dye-sensitised solar cell technology and piezoelectric film elements that generate electricity and are supported by a scientifically designed structure; the structure follows nature's geometry, using the Fibonacci series, forming an elegant and natural aesthetic that compliments the surrounding environment, from business parks to nature reserves. The cost effective manufacturing process designed, allows for minimal material losses in the roll-to-roll production method used. The tessellation of the cell shape in this way appears from beneath as numerous leaves and casts a patterned shadow below. The prototype was created at EPFL in Switzerland where the first experiments of the cell design were conducted with the project planning to launch in 12 months. This project is the start of a journey to give the public a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to solar or wind harvesting power.