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The Green Life: A "Tree" That Recharges Gadgets With the Sun's Energy

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July 30, 2010

A "Tree" That Recharges Gadgets With the Sun's Energy

Solar tree Solar energy is becoming more mainstream than ever, with the production of solar panels in all forms, including soccer balls and heart-shaped roof toppers.

The most recent introduction into the growing variety of sun-collecting gadgets is Greendix’s solar-powered "fruit tree" that acts as a portable charging station. Its leaf-shaped solar panels charge up “energy apples,” which glow from green to red to show when they are “ripe” – or charged – and ready to use. The apple-shaped batteries can be used to recharge cell phones or iPods without using electricity.

While the idea of “energy apples” might seem a little extravagant, we think it’s exciting that solar-energy companies are trying to appeal to a younger audience.

--Kristin Baldwin / image courtesy Philip Fu


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