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Sologic's eTree offers free Wi-Fi and phone charging

Sologic has recently installed its first eTree in the Ramat Hanadiv nature park, Israel
Sologic has recently installed its first eTree in the Ramat Hanadiv nature park, Israel
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Sologic has recently installed its first eTree in the Ramat Hanadiv nature park, Israel
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Sologic has recently installed its first eTree in the Ramat Hanadiv nature park, Israel
The eTree uses solar panels to generate electricity
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The eTree uses solar panels to generate electricity
The solar panels spread out on metal "branches"
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The solar panels spread out on metal "branches"
The solar panels and branches also provide some shade
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The solar panels and branches also provide some shade
The eTrees can be configured with water fountains and water troughs for pets
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The eTrees can be configured with water fountains and water troughs for pets
The eTrees can also be configured with benches for seating
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The eTrees can also be configured with benches for seating

Unfortunately, money doesn't grow on trees. Wi-Fi and electricity, on the other hand, sometimes do. The eTree, created by Israeli renewables firm Sologic, is a public space intervention aimed at provide a place to rest, connect to the internet and recharge devices.

The eTree is reminiscent of the Green Sun Rising Solar Benches that provide shade and device charging and the Wi-Fi cows that were dotted around the UK's Glastonbury Festival last year. Like those examples, a relatively small installation is required to provide a convenient public facility.

As well as being a public space facility, Sologic describes the eTree as being part social-environmental enterprise and part ecological sculpture. Sologic says it is aimed at promoting environmental awareness and sustainability, as well as creating a link between the community and the environment.

The solar panels and branches also provide some shade
The solar panels and branches also provide some shade

The eTree uses solar panels mounted on "branches" to harvest energy and generate electricity from the sun. Using this electricity, the eTree powers USB charging points for mobile devices, free Wi-Fi for the surrounding area and an LCD screen providing information, such as the amount of electricity generated by the tree. The eTree also provides night-time lighting.

In addition to their roles in generating electricity, the branches and solar panels provide shade for the area below. Depending on the configuration of the eTree, this might include a bench for the public to use as a rest point. A drinking fountain can also be incorporated into design, as can a water trough for pets.

The eTrees can also be configured with benches for seating
The eTrees can also be configured with benches for seating

The eTree is designed for use in residential and urban areas such as courtyards, schools, universities and parks. It can be configured according to the requirements of the specific site. Sologic's first eTree was recently "planted" in the Ramat Hanadiv nature park in Israel.

The video below provides an overview of the eTree.

Sources: Sologic, Ramat Hanadiv

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1 comment
Alan Belardinelli
Until the wind blows hard and demonstrates for the designers the difference between plastic and elastic structure.
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