The Secrets of Trees

Published September 3, 2015
 Inspired by Nature

What do you see when you look at a tree? Some people will say they see its leaves, or its form, or the ambiance it creates. I suppose there are some people who barely notice them at all. And then there are these creative minds, both young and old, who have turned to trees in search of solutions to some of the most challenging problems we face today.

Here are their stories.

1. Collecting solar energy like a tree

13-year old Aidan realized that trees use a fibonacci sequence to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don’t collect solar energy in the same way.

 

2. Plastic “Tree” to convert CO2 to greener fuel

This technology could potentially pull a thousand times more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than trees and could one day power our cars with a greener fuel.

 

3. Tree-shaped wind turbines

A French company has been developing aesthetically pleasing, tree-shaped turbines meant to run silently within cities, at ground level.

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