Smart Forests – EWAN

Arnoud van den Heuvel
October 8th 2008

fire sensing trees

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Christopher Love and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can be used to prevent forest fires. A sensor system taps into trees as a self-sustaining power supply. Each sensor is equipped with a battery that can be slowly recharged using electricity generated by the tree. The system produces enough electricity to allow the temperature and humidity sensors to wirelessly transmit signals four times a day, or immediately if there's a fire. Each signal hops from one sensor to another, until it reaches an existing weather station that beams the data by satellite to a forestry command center. The project is called EWAN; Early Wildfire Alert Network.

Via BoingBoing | Related: Fire Fighting Beetle

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