Solar bricks are no longer just for roofs. Platio, a Budapest based technology company, has just installed the first solar powered pavement for residential driveways.
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“The roof is not the only surface that can be used for solar production,” says imres zisz á K, co-founder and engineer of platio. “The paved area also absorbs solar radiation throughout the day. Platio’s walking solar panels can take advantage of this new clean energy. “
The system consists of interlocking units called platio solar pavers. According to the company’s product video, each paver is made of 400 recycled PET plastic bottles, which are more durable than concrete. The installation area of pavement is 10 to 30 square meters, suitable for driveway, terrace, balcony and terrace.
The energy generated by the platio solar tiles is transmitted to the home’s power network. The video shows that a 20 square meter solar road can cover the annual energy consumption of ordinary families.
The goal of the developers is to get beautiful tiles that look good on the driveway and improve the energy efficiency of the house. Solar pavers are available in black, red, blue and green. Hardened glass blocks protect solar cells. They are skid resistant, so people can walk safely on them, and the tiles are designed to withstand the weight of occasional cars.
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Electric vehicle drivers can also charge their vehicles using the solar paving system. Inhabitat has previously reported the installation of a 50 square foot solar sidewalk platio at an EV charging station in Budapest. Other uses include connecting the platio solar paver system in an outdoor square to a bench with a digital box from which people can charge their mobile devices. Pavers may also be powered by street lights on sidewalks at night. Different from the solar tile system installed on the roof, the laying area with good sunlight has greater energy production potential.
The developers of platio want to prove that by turning the energy absorbing pavement area into a huge feasible solar array, energy production can be realized on a large scale without occupying useful space or changing the urban landscape.
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