The Smartflower solar tracker is a fusion between solar panels and art and follows the theme started with the Tesla solar roof launch, also in 2017, of solar panels evolving to be both aesthetically more pleasing and more efficient.
Like the Tesla solar roof and also other BIPV offerings a bid issue is how the Smartflower compares to solar panel cost offered by conventional solar panels. Residential solar power system cost has fallen significantly over the last few years and when judged on a per kilowatt hour basis the Smartflower is much more expensive than conventional solar panels for homes.
Much like a real flower, this self-contained system unfolds its petal-panels at sunrise, directs them toward the sun at a 90-degree angle and almost immediately begins to produce electricity.
Thanks to dual-axle sun tracking, the fan reliably tracks the sun throughout the day.
At sunset, the petals automatically retract until the next morning. The Smartflower POP will also automatically retract the petals when winds reach speeds of about 30 miles per hour, which protects the unit during high winds or storms; it’s capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds.