Platio unveils next-gen solar sidewalk that can charge electric vehicles

February 14, 2018 by  
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The sidewalks of the future could be paved with solar panels – and the clean energy they generate could power electric cars . Hungarian startup Platio recently installed a 50-square-foot solar sidewalk made of recycled plastic at an EV charging station in Budapest. Platio installed a 720 watt peak capacity (Wp) system on a sidewalk at one of the facilities of the logistics real estate company Prologis . Platio co-founder Miklós Ilyés said a team set up the system in a single day. When the clean energy from the paving system isn’t being utilized to charge cars, it helps power an office building nearby. Related: Recycled plastic paving company Platio installs first 3 solar systems Ilyés said , “As e-mobility rapidly emerges, the demand for more energy will grow soon as well. Local, independent renewable energy sources can supplement or even decentralize the utility grid .” Platio’s Solar Pavers integrate solar cells into paving elements comprised of recycled plastic. People can walk on Platio’s pavers, so the system integrates unobtrusively into the charging station. The company says their product doesn’t need a special foundation, and it can be upgraded with many smart functions. The company manufactures their power-generating systems in addition to installing and monitoring them. In a press statement, the company said: “The developers of Platio wanted to demonstrate that by turning energy-absorbing paved areas into huge walkable solar arrays , energy production can be achieved at large scale without taking up useful space or altering the cityscape.” Inhabitat has covered Platio in the past – when they installed their systems on a sidewalk in Kazakhstan, pontoons in Sweden, and smart benches where people can charge their phones in Budapest. + Platio Images courtesy of Platio

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ABB to Build World’s Largest Network of Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Stations in the Netherlands

July 10, 2013 by  
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ABB , a company that specializes in electric vehicle power solutions, recently announced plans to build the world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations in the Netherlands . Working in collaboration with Dutch startup Fastned , ABB will install more than 200 stations along Dutch highways over the next 3 years. When completed, ABB claims that none of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants will be more than 31 miles away from the nearest EV charging station. Read the rest of ABB to Build World’s Largest Network of Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Stations in the Netherlands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ABB , alternative fuels , electric cars , electric vehicle charging , electric vehicles , ev , ev charging network , ev charging station , EVs , fast-charging , green transportation , Netherlands        

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British Car Park Company Installs the Largest Urban Solar Array in the UK

November 13, 2012 by  
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Working to counter the inherently environmentally destructive nature of a car-based commute, British firm Town Centre Car Parks has committed to making their public car parks environmentally friendly by installing the largest urban solar photovoltaic array in the UK. Situated on the roof of the Clarence Dock multi-story car park in Leeds city center, the system provides 15% of the car park’s electricity, reducing carbon emissions by 55 tonnes each year. The company is also trialling the use of LED lighting in some of their car parks to further reduce their impact on the environment. Additionally, Town Center has started to install electric vehicle charging stations in their car parks. + Town Centre Car Parks The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car parks , car pollution , carbon emissions , electric vehicle charging , LED lighting , leeds united kingdom , photovoltaic array , Solar Power , town center car parks , urban solar

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British Car Park Company Installs the Largest Urban Solar Array in the UK

November 13, 2012 by  
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Working to counter the inherently environmentally destructive nature of a car-based commute, British firm Town Centre Car Parks has committed to making their public car parks environmentally friendly by installing the largest urban solar photovoltaic array in the UK. Situated on the roof of the Clarence Dock multi-story car park in Leeds city center, the system provides 15% of the car park’s electricity, reducing carbon emissions by 55 tonnes each year. The company is also trialling the use of LED lighting in some of their car parks to further reduce their impact on the environment. Additionally, Town Center has started to install electric vehicle charging stations in their car parks. + Town Centre Car Parks The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car parks , car pollution , carbon emissions , electric vehicle charging , LED lighting , leeds united kingdom , photovoltaic array , Solar Power , town center car parks , urban solar

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

November 10, 2011 by  
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San Francisco Will Receive $3.9M for Even More Electric Vehicle Chargers Citywide

February 4, 2011 by  
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Trouncing the competition when it comes to green living, San Francisco has received an additional $3.9 million to expand the number of electric car chargers in the city.

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14 Eco-Friendly Lingerie Gifts That Will Send Pulses Racing on Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2011 by  
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Just in time for one of the most romantic days of the year, we’ve rounded up 14 sustainable yet oh-so-salacious underthings that run the gamut from a slinky red silk-satin playsuit by Hopeless to a dangerously sheer number from Love Baby Grand .

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