Futuristic ‘solar trees’ planted in grounds of University Library
Futuristic solar “trees” have been planted in the grounds of one of Cambridge University’s most iconic buildings.
Four of the hi-tech devices have been installed at the University Library, and collectively they generate enough electricity to power a large family home.
The trees, co-designed by architectural firm Sadler Brown and photovoltaic expert EvoEnergy, provide at least 10 per cent of the power needed for the archive stores at the Grade II-listed building in West Road.
Christine Howe, director of Sadler Brown, said: “We knew we had to think outside the box to develop a solution that was in keeping with the traditional design of the library while also generating enough energy to satisfy building standards.”
Inspiration for the design was taken from the windows of the original library.