I just came across this “Solar Tree” design from Gurdeep Sandhu and thought it to be a creative take on energy generation. As he explains,
With a little space in your backyard, installing this solar tree will not be a problem. During the day just wing-out the panels and let them absorb the glory of the sun; and in the evening fold them back. If you need to move house, just uproot it and take it along with you. Else if technology changes, you can even upgrade the panels for maximum benefit. Silent, efficient, cost effective are some of the virtues that sound music to my ears. What’s more you can either directly hook it up to appliance during the day or store the energy for later use. The sturdy metallic silver aluminum frame looks neat and tidy when packed up.
I’d love to see some big wheels on this thing to make it truly portable. I could see construction crews rolling these suckers off of trucks and using them to power machinery. Having them fold up easily and tuck away some where is definitely a plus — though I wonder how many people could benefit from a setup like this instead of one on their roofs.