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Inspired by Sunflower, Solar Energy ‘Flower’ Device with 12 solar power panel Petals Harvests Clean Energy

The solar panel unit is designed by drawing inspiration from the structure of a sunflower

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The Smartflower System. VOA
  • Built with the aesthetic structure inspired by a sunflower, the stunning device is engineered with 12 solar power panel petals
  • Each of the power unit of the solar panel is easily commutable
  • The very first ‘Smartflower’ system was set up at a school, in order to show people the necessity of using clean energy

Washington, August 15, 2017: It is not a piece of modern art even though it looks so, but in the land of Philippines this magnificent piece of device is actually an award-winning piece of the solar power device. It is designed by drawing inspiration from the structure of a sunflower. Built with the aesthetic structure inspired by a sunflower, the stunning device is engineered with 12 solar power panel petals of which, each is built with an area 59 square meter. The device attracts the energy of the sun, soaking the solar power from the light-rays as the power petals oscillate during the day.

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The president of the ‘Smartflower Pacific’- John McEnroe was quoted as saying to VOA News that people can showcase to his friends, business partners, colleagues, and competitors, with the aspect of this device that they are wholeheartedly dedicated and committed to the cause of going green, by means of sustainable development approaches.

Each of the power unit of the solar panel is easily commutable. To the surprise of people, it has been engineered and programmed to function autonomously. During the sunrise the system opens and “blooms” to expand the petals in order to soak the energy from the light-rays of the sun. It also shuts down on its own during sundown, closing its power petals past the sunset. It is engineered with supreme sensors that can detect a bad weather and shut down on its own, such as- during heavy rain.

The very first ‘Smartflower’ system was set up at a school, in order to show people the necessity of using clean energy, mentioned VOA report.

Arnold Capuloy, from the De La Salle Lipa School was quoted as giving a statement to VOA that in order to share with people their ideology and their advocacy, as to the reason for using such a device, is the cause of introducing the device to the public by displaying it in a school for the first time. The students are also quite enthusiast and feel the same way.

Electrical Engineering student Christien Becios was quoted as saying “we really want to save the energy and also the environment at the same time”. Even though half the power in Philippines is generated by using other resources- the ‘Smartflower’ technology offers a cleaner option for generating electricity. Not only that, but it is also a renewable, sustainable, and eco-friendly source of electricity.

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Italy to Make Climate Change and Sustainable Development Study Compulsory for School Children

Many traditional subjects, such as geography, mathematics and physics, would also be studied from the perspective of sustainable development

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Italy's Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti gestures during an interview with Reuters in Rome, Italy, November 4, 2019. VOA

Italy will next year become the world’s first country to make it compulsory for schoolchildren to study climate change and sustainable development, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said.

Fioramonti, from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, is the government’s most vocal supporter of green policies and was criticized by the opposition in September for encouraging students to skip school and take part in climate protests.

In an interview in his Rome office on Monday, Fioramonti said all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September.

Many traditional subjects, such as geography, mathematics and physics, would also be studied from the perspective of sustainable development, said the minister, a former economics professor at South Africa’s Pretoria University.

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Fioramonti, from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, is the government’s most vocal supporter of green policies and was criticized by the opposition in September. Pixabay

“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model,” Fioramonti told Reuters in the interview conducted in fluent English.

“I want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school.”

Fioramonti, 42, the author of several books arguing gross domestic product should no longer be used as the main measure of countries’ economic success, has been a target of the right-wing opposition since becoming a minister in the two-month-old government of 5-Star and the center-left Democratic Party.

His proposals for new taxes on airline tickets, plastic and sugary foods to raise funds for education were strongly attacked by critics who said Italians were already over-taxed.

 

He then sparked fury from conservatives when he suggested crucifixes should be removed from Italian classrooms to create a more inclusive environment for non-Christians.

Despite the criticism, the government’s 2020 budget presented to parliament this week included both the plastic tax and a new tax on sugary drinks.

“I was ridiculed by everyone and treated like a village idiot, and now a few months later the government is using two of those proposals and it seems to me more and more people are convinced it is the way to go,” Fioramonti said.

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In an interview in his Rome office on Monday, Fioramonti said all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start. Pixabay

Surveys showed 70-80% of Italians backed taxing sugar and flights, he said, adding that coalition lawmakers had told him they would table budget amendments to introduce his proposal to hike air ticket prices before the budget is approved by end-year.

Fioramonti said targeted taxes of this kind were a way of discouraging types of consumption which were harmful to the environment or individuals, while generating resources for schools, welfare or lowering income tax.

In this vein, he suggested other levies on various types of gambling and on profits from oil drilling.

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His progressive positions on the economy and the environment are the antithesis of Matteo Salvini’s hard-right League, which has overtaken 5-Star to become easily Italy’s most popular party, with more than 30% of voter support. (VOA)