Research Abstract

What makes smartflower different from other solar technologies? How do its unique features increase its electricity production capacity – and its appeal? In recent years, the goal of much innovation in solar energy production has been to improve upon traditional rooftop- or ground-mounted panels. While these new technologies offer enhancements in appearance and functionality, many are still designed for stationary installation. smartflower marks a drastic departure from traditional solar panel design. A plug-and-play piece of energy-generating equipment, smartflower is essentially an attractive lawn sculpture that can also power a home, a small business, a park, or an outdoor event. smartflower’s bi-axial tracking mechanism enables its panels to catch more rays by maintaining alignment with the sun from sunrise to sunset. An aesthetically-pleasing investment available to environmental enthusiasts with space and capital, smartflower affords a forward-facing opportunity to invest in clean energy.

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Who We Are

The creators of this website have no affiliation with smartflower. This website was created as part of a project for the Communications, Culture & Technology Master’s Program at Georgetown University. This website was built for entirely academic purposes. smartflower images are courtesy of SmartFlower North America, and are used with permission.

Roma Abhyankar

For Roma, home is Dubai, UAE. After receiving her undergraduate degree in International Trade, Roma was first working in a trade consulting firm and then the U. S Consulate as a Program Manager. She’s keen to develop skills to build cyber learning programs and pursue learning analytics, and that’s what brings her to CCT. Currently, she’s also working in Georgetown University’s Centre for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship as a Graduate Associate.

Stephanie Kelley

Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degrees in Public Policy and German at the University of Michigan. She began her career at a political and advocacy communications firm, where she crafted communications strategies on issues ranging from vaccines and K-12 education standards to financial inclusion and community service. She is now the Program Director for the Integrated Marketing Communications master’s program at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. In the CCT program, Stephanie is interested in exploring design thinking.

Lindsay Padden

Lindsay is originally from the sunflower state and calls the Little Apple her home (i.e., Manhattan, KS). She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Kansas before moving to the Philadelphia area where she worked in higher education for over three years. She now works as the Assistant Registrar for Student Records and Grades at Georgetown University. Within the CCT program, Lindsay would like to study socio-technical relationships within American music culture.

Shuyang Wang

Shuyang Wang is from Beijing, China. After completing her studies in English literature, linguistics, and translation as an undergraduate, she is now a full-time student in Georgetown University’s CCT program. In this program she is broadening her focus into journalism, graphic design, and humanitarian studies. She is also exploring social-technical dependencies in a general sense.