Biomimicry is the study of creating technology that takes on the natural flow of nature. The path of least resistance: Which is the path that the water takes on each time we drain the tub. It is a spiral. This biomimicry is the art of mimicking natures efficiency, and joining it to our purpose. And for the purpose of collecting energy from the sun via heat & light as well as the four cornered wind more efficiently; scientific developers are using the natural spirals inherent in the universe: Spirals that are the shape of things from subplank-length, and beyond the spiral path of the solar system running around the sun as it glides in southward motion throughout the cosmos. The spiral is found in all things in nature, including trees. This is the rational behind the nanoleaf as the portal for piezovoltaic, nanophotovoltaic, nanothermalvoltaic energies, as well as facilitated transport cleaning the air.
The companies like Solar Botanic are making great headway by combining piezovoltaic, nanophotovoltaic,and nanothermovoltaic receptors in the leaves of artificial trees that catch, heat, light, and wind to create electricity for communities in the United States and the world.
Stated simply: Rather than creating solar panels that are flat, only taking in light from one direction; developers feel that trees with leaves take in more light because trees have a spiral design aimed in more directions. Tree leaves are exposed to more light on every angle. The hard math supports this concept.
Trees also are more vulnerable to wind pressures due to there smallish size. The spiral shape of the tree follows the path of least resistance. The tree can take a glancing blow, rather than a direct blow. Just like a boxer rolling with a punch, just enough and not too much.
The shape of trees seems to be able to absorb more of the winds force than previous human models of wind turbines.
The motion of the trees petiole, twigs, and branches being moved about creates energy.
For the space taken up by current human design models for solar panels, and wind mills; biomimicry of trees can collect three sources of energy, much more efficiently in any of the categories in the same space than current human designs can alone.
We will get into Facilitated Transport a little further on. Briefly: It is an amazing aspect of biomimicry that is part of the nanoleaf synergistic model. Facilitated Transport does not produce electricity, it produces and puts out clean air; and removes carbon dioxide from the air.
Looking at the technology behind green energy biomimicry:
Clear of the inherent recurring theme of spirals in every aspect of nature; one fractal course of practical logic leads us to, for the sake of explanation of the next process in how this biomimicry is put to everyday use, is the ways in which nanoleaves acting together as a whole, true to shape energy tree, captures power.
The nanoleaf works with three types of energy conversion: Thermal, wind, and solar: Then air purification.
- Nanophotovoltaic: The only spectrumof light that is not absorbed according to the developers is the reflected green spectrum.
Absolutely every other spectrum, both visible and invisible is absorbed by the nanophotovoltaic receptors of the nanoleaf. Yes this means infrared radiation is completely converted.
- Nanothermovoltaic: Converting this warm radiation is where the nanothermalvoltaic receptors in the nanoleaf/ nanoleaves are the function of this technology. This infrared radiation permeates the air, warming it.
Hours after the sun has set, the nanothermovoltaic component of each nanoleaf is still absorbing radiation (heat) in the infrared spectrum. The rest of the radiating spectrum, not just this side shy of the duo tone can be plausibly utilized in the design of the tree.
Longwave radiation and shortwave radiation are also absorbed.
- Piezovoltaic: When hundreds or thousands of nanoleaves are blow by the wind. This moves piezo-electric elements built into the petioles that connect leaves to twigs and branches. In affect acting as a windfarm as the leaves flutter back and forth.
The developers of this concept say, on their website,that in the average biomimiced tree branch, piezo-electric system produces millions upon millions of Pico watts; when thousands of nanoleaves flutter blown in a small wind.
The amazing effects of stronger winds generating wattage (from greater flap frequency) in this system are exponentially quantifiable and accounted for.
- Facilitated Transport: This system uses a fixed agent that bonds with CO2. This keeps CO2 from being breathed back out of the leaves.
This process was created by creating a tangent process from a technology process developed and discovered originally by a Norwegian team of researchers.
The original Norwegian discovery modeled the breathing process after the human lung.
The model has room in the concept design for absorbing heat from evaporation and advection from the ground.
It is reasonable to picture how geothermal radiation reception can be added to absorb efficiently through a spiraling root system.
The current is transmitted from the petiole down to the base.
The base of the tree sends out all the DC current that had been created in different ways by converters located in the branches of the tree.
These trees are designed to beautify the landscape of Americas here and there: Through biomimicry by means of the nanoleaf, on through the piezovoltaic conversion of solar light, solar thermal, and wind energy. All this,while clearing the air of CO2; sending electricity to our homes, businesses, and community resources both near and far.