Firm sends solar panel palm trees

The launch of the solar power palm trees in Zabeel Park, Dubai.
The launch of the solar power palm trees in Zabeel Park, Dubai.

Northumberland solar experts are putting competitors in the shade with their pioneering palm trees destined for Dubai.

Based in Blyth, the skills of staff at Solar Capture Technologies are in demand in the Middle East where they’re helping pilot the latest technology for tourists and locals.

Standing five metres tall and with nine large leaves, the solar panel palm trees allow users to charge their mobile phones, log on to a wifi connection and access information on hotels and bus timetables.

The leaf-shaped solar modules are designed and manufactured in Blyth by Solar Capture Technologies for a company with a contract from the Government in Dubai.

The trees are currently being trialled in Zabeel Park, one of the state’s largest parks, and on Jumeirah Beach beside the world famous Burj Al Arab 7 star hotel

Steve Caseley, chief executive of Solar Capture Technologies, said the firm was now taking on additional staff.

“It has been fantastic to be involved in a pilot that has the potential to expand to the rest of the Middle East and the west coast of America,” he said.