James Cameron Knows How To Make A Woman Happy: With 'Flowers'
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“ James Cameron joked.
As to the next step, he explained: “When we saw that there was a positive response to the design, we started to discuss maybe we do a startup company. But I thought, if we do that we’ll build several hundred. But if we make the design open source and publish the plans online and empower anyone to use this idea, there may be ten thousand. They can be integrated into landscape architecture. … I think it’s a beautiful way to express the spirit of what solar energy is all about.
“As of today we have a patent pending on the design; the reason for that is to block anyone from taking the design and starting a company and not allowing the open-source usage,” he added. “We are going to try to empower everyone who might be interested in this to make their own.”
He told his wife that she inspired the design, adding that while he was developing an upcoming Avatar-themed Cirque de Soleil traveling show (which is now planned for arenas), “I said ‘wouldn’t it be great if when it shows up in town the trucks opened up and they were solar powered,’ and you said ‘they could open up like a big flower.’ So it was actually your idea.”
Suzy Amis Cameron, who co-founded MUSE School with her sister, Rebecca Amis, noted that the Solar Sun Flowers will also be incorporated into the school’s science curriculum “from engineering to energy, solar and nature.” She added that a digital “dashboard” is being developed that will monitor the amount of energy generated by the Sun Flowers, as well as the energy consumed by MUSE. It will also give the students a tool to view the ways that Sun Flowers are offsetting various environmental equivalents, such as the number of trees planted, homes powered, gas saved, carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and gallons of water used by a coal fired steam plant.
This is a personal mission for the Camerons, who have already incorporated solar power at their ranch.
And at Manhattan Beach Studios — where the director’s Lightstorm Entertainment operates — the roofs of five of the soundstages are covered with a solar array, which Lightstorm installed while forming a power-sharing agreement with the Studio.
"There’s a big [investment] up front, and then it usually amortizes itself over 5-10 years and then you get free power," he said. "I think people need to take responsibility on an individual level. When I’m flying over LA, I see hundreds of acres of rooftops that are just baking in the sun. That’s free power that’s going to waste.”
via: Hollywood Reporter