Saturday, June 14, 2008

SMIT is a renewable energy start-up company. Currently they have a solar collection prototype at MOMA called Grow, and the design was inspired by ivy leaves.

First realized as an Industrial Design Thesis project at Pratt Institute in Spring 2005 by Samuel Cabot Cochran, GROW.1 employs thin film photovoltaics with piezoelectric generators and screen printed conductive ink encapsulated in ETFE fluoropolymer lamination.


GROW.2 utilizes a structural stainless steel mesh system, which is manufactured by Carl Stahl Decorcable in Germany. Their system is designed to enable plants (such as ivy and other crawlers) to grow up the sides of buildings without causing damage to the building's exteriors, a typical problem of many vertical gardens.

Some of you smart people may know what that means, but I don't. All I know is it is cool as shit. If and when this comes out we all will be going solar.

All photos courtesy SMIT website. I learned about SMIT in Plenty magazine.


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I think it's really innovative! Thanks for sharing :)

Ha, I don't know what it means either, but you're right-- it's cool! :)