Dubai unveils smart solar flower that follows sunlight

Flower-shaped solar panel that can reorient itself to face sunlight has been revealed by Dubai Municipality

A flower-shaped solar panel that can reorient itself to face sunlight has been revealed by Dubai Municipality.

The Smart Flower was developed by an Austrian company and contains sensors allowing it to automatically track rays of sunlight, the municipality said in a statement.

This feature makes it 23 percent more efficient than traditional roof-top solar systems, it added.

The municipality said the device has a weather-adapting feature and a passive ventilation system to ensure it is efficient in high temperatures.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of the municipality, said: "Dubai Municipality’s commitment to innovation and implementation of creative ideas in line with Dubai Government’s vision of becoming the world’s most innovative and sustainable city."

The Smart Flower is one of several initiatives started by the municipality’s sustainability and renewable energy department, added Khalid Al Awadhi, assistant director general for the municipality’s environment, health and safety control sector.

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