Samuel Cabot Cochran, Benjamin Wheeler Howes, SMIT Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology, LLC. GROW (Prototype). 2005
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GROW is a hybrid wind and solar energy delivery device that uses film photovoltaics with piezoelectric generators; it converts sunlight into electricity while also transforming mechanical energy into electrical energy. Its organic and dynamic form replicates climbing ivy, and its “leaves” are flexible photovoltaic panels. The leaves catch sunshine to generate solar power; their fluttering generates wind power. Due to its light weight, this device can be easily mounted on vertical surfaces such as building façades to produce energy. The designers use recycled and reclaimed materials wherever possible, and, GROW’s lifespan and sustainable methods will minimize its environmental footprint.

Gallery label from Energy, 2019
Medium
Thin film photovoltaics, piezoelectric generators, screen printed conductive ink encapsulated in ETFE fluoropolymer lamination, stainless steel, nylon, neoprene rubber, copper wire, and aluminum
Dimensions
192 x 96" (487.7 x 243.8 cm)
Credit
Gift of Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Object number
433.2008
Department
Architecture and Design

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