USA: Prof. Joseph Hui is such a fan of butterflies that two years ago he named his company Monarch Power after them. Their wings and flowers they visit became important steppingstones in the development of Lotus Mobile, the world’s first solar unit that tracks the sun, folds up at night and has beautiful "solar petals" just like the lotus flower that inspired it.
“Nature is a continual source of inspiration for innovation,” says Hui, founder/CEO of Monarch Power and inventor of Lotus Mobile. Hui’s hobby of following the monarch butterfly led him to the mountains of Mexico. That led to designing the Monarch Solar Vehicle Van with "butterfly wings," to driving around Scottsdale in a “monarch orange” Tesla Roadster, and to inventing energy-saving appliances inspired by the beauty of flowers and insects.
“My passion is to invent products that help people all over the world live a more comfortable and sustainable life. Lotus Mobile was inspired by the lotus flower to transform solar energy from heavy, strapped down panels to become light, personal and portable. For African Maasai villages, Tibetan highlands, Arabian deserts, Native American homes – and a home in your neighborhood – Lotus Mobile is a revolutionary solar unit that allows you to ‘take it with you.’”
Lotus Mobile follows the sun on two axes, giving 30 percent more power than rooftop solar panels. It’s also less expensive because of significantly less structural support, since 70 percent of the traditional panel system cost is related to architectural placement.