Green start-up companies are doing some crazy things, and this company, SMIT, is certainly one to watch. SMIT, an acronym for Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology, spent the last two years in R&D with this interesting approach to solar and wind power. SMIT's GROW product has two iterations, GROW.1 and GROW.2, pictured above and below.
GROW.1 (above) is the original SMIT product that employs thin film photovoltaics with piezoelectric generators and screen printed conductive ink encapsulated in ETFE fluoropolymer lamination. Inspired by ivy growing on a building, GROW.1 generates energy from both the sun and wind.
GROW.2 (below) is a solar only application and made with 100% recyclable polyethylene and thin film flexible photovoltaic modules encapsulated in Tefzel. GROW.2 will be available in a variety of colors/opacities and suitable to most building types, sizes, orientations, and latitudes.
Where possible, GROW will be made with recycled and reclaimed materials and recycled at the end of the product's lifespan. SMIT is collaborating with a whole host of innovators to bring both of these products to life using the greenest materials and best technologies available.
It's incredibly exciting to see ideas like this, don't you think?