Turn­ing over a new leaf

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Europe’s first ‘e-Tree’ has been un­veiled at a cer­e­mony in Nev­ers in the Nièvre de­part­ment. The so­lar tree has gi­ant square leaves that con­vert sun­light into elec­tric­ity and al­lows passers-by to charge their phones, browse the in­ter­net or sim­ply en­joy the shade. It also sup­plies wa­ter and street light­ing. The struc­ture, de­vel­oped by French-Is­raeli start-up So­logic, is in­spired by the aca­cia tree that is found in the Is­raeli desert and the African sa­van­nah.

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