Al Gore friendly street lamps at Panasonic tech center harness both wind and solar power

Spotted at Panasonic's technology center in Tokyo, these street lamps combine solar power from a pair of panels on top that charge a battery during daylight hours, and a vertical wind turbine, to light up the area in an ultra eco-friendly way using no external power source. Dubbed Seagull Lights by the company, Panasonic claims that their cost is quickly paid back in lower electricity costs. They even look particularly cool as the turbine slowly spins around.

No word on whether the Seagull Light will become a commercial product, but this one seems like a no-brainer to me.

From Oh Gizmo!