Singapore's Solar-Powered Supertrees: I Want One
Singapore doesn’t apparently have time to wait for real giant trees to grow, so instead they’ve decided to get all high-tech fancy with what’s being called “Supertrees.”
The colossal structures, ranging in height from 82ft to over 164ft, are part of a 250-acre landscaping project focused on the cultivation of natural flora and fauna from foreign lands.
As CNN explains, glorious height and pretty colors aren’t the only things these supertrees can do.
“The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below.”
Each supertree will also act as a kind of massive trellis – allowing tropical vines and other plants the ability to climb and cover the structure. There will also be “skywalks” connecting some of the larger supertrees to each other and offering visitors amazing views of the gardens below. (Ewok village, anyone?)
The entire plan is part of Singpore’s strategy to become a city in a garden and expand its green spaces.