The Smartflower is an all-in-one ground mounted solar system with a tracker that follows the sun. However, it doesn’t look like the solar panels you might be used to.
Smartflower is an all-in-one complete system and is operational within an hour. No complex assembly is required: the system is firmly bolted to the ground (or concrete foundation) at the location of your choice. It is designed for maximum performance, and it is easy to use and maintain. It reliably provides electricity throughout the day.
The Smartflower’s name comes from its design – the solar cells are arranged on individual “petals” that open at the beginning of each day. After the sun goes down, the Smartflower’s petals fold up and a self-cleaning process kicks in. In addition to solar cells, the Smartflower system contains a dual-axis tracker that makes it possible for its “petals” to follow the sun across the sky throughout the day.
Thanks to this tracking capability, the Smartflower can produce significantly more electricity than a similarly-sized rooftop solar panel system – up to 51 percent more, according to Smartflower’s website. The 12 petals, 18 sqm structure comes with 2,5 kilowatts (kW) of electricity production, which is equivalent to a 4 kW fixed rooftop array.
Thanks to its extraordinary construction and the perfectly synchronised components, the system delivers, on an average, approx. 4.000 kWh per year, thus fulfilling the complete average electricity requirement of a household in the central European region.
Smartflower represents changing times. The size of the system alone is no longer the measure of all things. What counts is a fairly constant production rate during the course of the day, in order to enable a more effective use of the produced energy. This new solar system achieves a degree of self-utilisation of around 60% – a significant improvement over a comparable rooftop unit, which averages just around 30%.
Now that is what is called smart!