Posts Tagged ‘Solar Ivy’

Solar Ivy on Wired Magazine UK, Among Others

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


The announcement that SMIT will be installing Solar Ivy at the University of Utah has captured the attention of sustainability, design and technology news outlets around the world, most notably Wired Magazine’s UK branch.  Olivia Solon, technology reporter for the magazine, picked up on the Utah press release and wrote up a review underlining Solar Ivy’s novel approach to solar product design.

Other recent press highlights include:

Zeitnews, the technology news website operated by Zeitgeist, an international sustainability movement.

Science Business, a publication of Technology News and Literature.

Clean Technica, clean tech news and opinion website., news from India and the world.

Medindia, a south Asian health and wellness portal., online source for the latest news in Iran and around the world.

University of Utah Begins Solar Ivy Publicity Campaign

Friday, July 8th, 2011


The University of Utah, the third-ranked university in the U.S. for renewable energy use, has launched their publicity campaign for Solar Ivy!

The idea of bringing Solar Ivy to the University of Utah was initiated by senior Environmental Studies major Tom Melburn.  Two-thirds of funding for the project will come from the University’s Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, supplemented by donations from the community.  Visit the SCIF’s fundraising page for more information about how to support the project!

Gizmag Covers Solar Ivy

Thursday, July 7th, 2011


Invention and innovation blog, Gizmag is currently featuring Solar Ivy on their homepage.  In a lengthy article that draws from a recent Inhabitat post, Gizmag writer Bridget Borgobello highlights Solar Ivy’s unique approach to solar power generation in vertical spaces.

Inhabitat Covers Latest Solar Ivy Developments

Friday, July 1st, 2011


Our friends at Inhabitat have been keeping tabs on Solar Ivy.  They published a post yesterday by sustainability consultant Bridgette Meinhold that reviews all the latest news about Solar Ivy.  Gleaned from Solar Ivy Facebook updates and YouTube videos, Inhabitat is keeping its readers abreast of the goings on at SMIT.

SMIT and Solar Ivy Meet the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011


Co-founder Samuel Cochran presented SMIT and Solar Ivy to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Chair, Nancy Sutley, last week.  Her visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard was meant to highlight manufacturing companies that are setting standards for the U.S. renewable energy industry.  Council Chair Sutley grabbed onto the Navy Yard and its cleantech tenants as examples of a new urban model for innovation that could drive growth and job creation in other urban settings around the country.

Solar Ivy on Incredible Things

Thursday, June 16th, 2011


The compendium of captivating design and lifestyle, Incredible Things, highlights Solar Ivy. Featuring “Wonderful Weird Products” from across the internet, Incredible Things latched onto Solar Ivy and its unique system for the capture and delivery of solar energy.

Organic Spa Magazine Features Solar Ivy

Friday, May 27th, 2011


The forthcoming issue of Organic Spa Magazine will feature an article about Solar Ivy by journalist Rima Suqi.  Rima interviewed SMIT co-founder Samuel Cochran for the piece in order to delve deeper into the inspiration behind Solar Ivy.

University of Utah to Install Solar Ivy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Funding has been approved through the University’s Sustainable Campus Initiative to install Solar Ivy on the south-facing facade of the Orson Spencer Hall building.


Each year Utah’s Campus Sustainability Initiative Fund takes proposal submissions from students for projects that can help reduce the University’s dependence on fossil fuels.  Tom Melburn, a student from the university, reached out to SMIT in January to explore the possibility of developing a proposal to install Solar Ivy on one of their buildings.  The proposal was accepted on April 15.

The Campus Sustainability Initiative Fund and the University’s Office of Sustainability will collaborate with SMIT on the installation at Orson Spencer Hall, above.  Check back in here to see how the project progresses.  We will be sure to provide updates as we reach major milestones.

Solar Ivy and Science World Vancouver

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

SMIT is excited to be working with Science World Vancouver to develop an innovative new exhibit space.


Science World Vancouver opened to the public in 1990.  For the most recent renovation and expansion of the museum’s facilities they are building a new structure to house a Rube Goldberg machine and exhibit.

The engineers behind the project reached out to SMIT to express interest in cladding the facade of that building with Solar Ivy.  Since then SMIT has worked with the museum’s team to develop a design for an application of Solar Ivy that will provide power to the space enclosed within the tower.

Check back in to see how the project advances over the coming months!

Solar Ivy install at Montreal Biosphere Environment Museum

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

SMIT is very pleased to announce that Solar Ivy will be installed at the Environment Museum of the Montreal Biosphere!


The Montreal Biosphere’s Environment Museum is housed in a Buckminster Fuller dome originally constructed for the 1967 World’s Fair.  The museum presents exhibitions and installations focusing on issues related to conservation, biodiversity and sustainability and is an important environmental education institution.

The installation of Solar Ivy will add diversity to the museum’s platform of educational exhibits and features around renewable energy.  Solar Ivy was selected for its unique aesthetic and analysis-driven design.  Solar Ivy will challenge visitors’ preconceptions of how solar panels look and the spaces they occupy.


SMIT is excited by the opportunity this installation presents: to engage larger communities in conversations about renewable energy technology and the role it plays in our lives and societies.

Stay tuned for images of the final installation!