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By Voltree Power
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About this project

What is CircuiTree

In 2005, Voltree Power was the first to harvest metabolic energy from non‐animal organisms such as trees and plants. Uncovering the mystery of the science behind tree power through research sponsored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Voltree Power has developed a bioenergy harvester that is being used in practical, inexpensive, and pioneering sensing solutions focusing on agricultural, environmental, and national resource preservation.

Voltree currently provides this technology in the form of a science kit and supporting game app to help inspire the next generation of scientists. CircuiTree is not just being developed to help people understand the science behind tree power, but also to encourage hands‐on engagement in the sciences by providing young, aspiring scientists with the tools to assemble a bioenergy circuit that can light an LED with tree power.

Voltree would like aspiring scientists to take things a step further by encouraging participation in various dimensions of the scientific method like data collection and experimentation. With our app, you will be able to share your data with others and provide some thought‐provoking ideas as to how you can enhance this power or get creative with it.   Kids can also compete in a global race to see who can light the most LED’s faster, challenging kids to take tree power to the next level.

Why Kickstarter?  

Voltree Power Inc. is a bootstrapped small business that takes pride in staying the course and maintaining its vision. As a US manufacturer, more sophisticated funding may compromise or even stifle this vision. Kickstarter affords us the opportunity for global participation and ownership in sharing our bigger vision for addressing problems of the future. So here is where your money will go to make this vision a reality….








The App


Our Story
Our Story

The Science Behind Tree Power

Published Research

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Smoke Studies

Our Overriding Vision

In an age where many different sources of media are saturated with content predicting the unraveling of our delicate biosphere as a result of human imposition, it is necessary to bear in mind that there will be no single answer to the question of how to alleviate the burden we place on our planet. It will be the sum of small and large-scale research and development that provides the public and private sectors of the world with the means to address the issues surrounding our dependence on finite natural resources. We believe that Voltree will be a contributor in this consortium of solutions.

Voltree Recently Named as 2013 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge Semi-Finalist
Voltree Recently Named as 2013 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge Semi-Finalist

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Reforestation
Reforestation

Is CircuiTree Dangerous for Trees?

Shipping

The cost of shipping is already included for all Kickstarter backers for the Continental US. For international shipments, there will be additional charges.  Voltree will ensure the most economical and reliable shipping, providing you with estimated costs before shipment. However, please note that we cannot predict nor be responsible for any tariff, tax, VAT, or other charges that may be incurred for international shipments to your location.

Our Team

We are a small dedicated team with extensive experience in the sciences, energy, and manufacturing.  All of us are descendants of immigrant families, and as such, have a distinct appreciation for the spirit of innovation and personal industry that has been the driving vehicle of American progress. Simultaneously, we recognize that economic advancement at the expense of the environment cannot be deemed as progress by any stretch of the imagination. With familial roots in the Mediterranean, we view our work in alternative energy as a most relevant expression of our dual identity in wedding entrepreneurial innovation with a deep-seated, ancient respect for land and nature. 

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Risks and challenges

MANUFACTURING 
We have currently manufactured 25 CircuiTree bioenergy kits that have been fully tested in-house as well as undergoing beta testing by universities, schools and various individuals. We have put considerable effort into streamlining the design of our circuit box in order to efficiently produce the kit in the United States in an effort to create jobs locally. We have worked extensively with local companies to automate the manufacturing process and thus far have succeeded in developing a preliminary automated design locally that will make this possible. Having decades of experience in manufacturing, we are fully confident that we can efficiently produce our product in the United States.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING There are factors outside our control that may lead to shipping delays for international shipments. In particular, customs processing for certain countries can be a lengthy process. We will do our best to communicate to you about the timelines related to delivery for your home country.

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    Donate just because...you believe in inspiring our future scientists!

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    "Reforestation" - be part of a bigger vision. Donate and Voltree Power will plant a tree. You will get a certificate signed by both CEO's mailed to you. You will be able to track the reforestation project in Africa and watch a desert transform into a beautiful forest!

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    Think Globally, Act Locally - Plant a Tree

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    Explore the Possibilities with a CircuiTree Cinch Sack!

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    Hike it with a CircuiTree Water Bottle.

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    Spread the word with a CircuiTree T-Shirt and help us bring science to life!

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    Donate and receive Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax" signed by Christopher Love, a researcher whose work was instrumental in uncovering the science behind tree power as first author in research published by MIT.

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    Receive our CircuiTree Tree Planting Kit & Lorax DVD. Engage your children in playing an active role by planting a tree and learning about the consequences of depleting resources through an all-time Dr. Seuss favorite.

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    Get a CircuiTree Voltage Data Logger.
    Bring out the scientist in you by taking your kit to the next level. Record tree voltages, analyze data, form conclusions, and share them with Voltree Power and the world.

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    Get our CircuiTree Basics Kit.
    If you don't want all the frills, then get just what you need to experiment.

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    LA Designer for the stars, Maria Argyropoulos, will design and autograph a line of "Limited Edition" CircuiTree children's roll-up mat that will come with a full kit and all the accessories you need to venture off, set up your circuit and brighten a forest.

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    LA Designer for the stars, Maria Argyropoulos, will design and autograph a line of "Limited Edition" CircuiTree adult roll-up mat that will come with a full kit and all the accessories you need to venture off, set up your circuit and brighten a forest.

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    LA Designer for the stars, Maria Argyropoulos, will design and autographed a line of "Limited Edition" CircuiTree adult utility belt that will come with a full kit and all the accessories you need to venture off, set up your circuit and brighten a forest.

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    Private, one-hour lesson with first author Christopher J. Love on the "Science behind Tree Power." Spend an hour with our Science Advisor and MIT Ph.D candidate to learn everything there is to know.

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    Have your 13 to 15 year old child featured in one of our YouTube product advertising videos. Meet the folks at Voltree Power and we will provide you with the HD video as a permanent keepsake for your child.

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    Have your 13 to 15 year old child be in our CircuiTree Instructional Video that will be featured on our website and with our app. Meet the folks at Voltree Power and we will provide you with the HD video as a permanent keepsake for your child.

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