Platio Press Release - Aug, 2017
Clean energy producing pavements become reality
Budapest-based startup, Platio has implemented three solar paving systems this summer. A mall's front area in Astana, host city of EXPO 2017, a harbour pontoon in Sweden and an outdoor furniture installation in Budapest are now harvesting clean solar energy radiated on the surface of the pavements. By introducing solar technology into landscape design, Platio increases the relevance and awareness of renewables.
Platio pavings represent a thoroughly new approach to developing building materials for urban spaces: while harvesting solar energy on the level of the paving, the elements are manufactured by recycling plastic waste material and covered with high strength, anti-slip glass tiles. Due to the modular design and the simple electrical wiring built in the units, the installation of the system takes only a few hours.
The Platio solar paving systems welcome visitors at the entrance of the newly constructed Green Quarter in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Hungarian clean technology startup’s first permanent system consists of two walkable solar fields located at the two sides of the Green Mall’s entrance. The two system’s total area size is 80 square meters, and their total output power is 11.7 kilowatt peak. Electricity produced by its high-performance silicon cells during sunshine hours will help cover the mall’s energy needs.
The key features of this technology also convinced the engineers of one of Europe's largest marina developer companies. Platio units were installed in the pontoons of the Swedish factory. These pontoon-integrated pavers will supply electricity for ships and port facilities.
Another special application of Platio was a smart bench equipped with durable solar paver elements, located at the heart of Budapest in front of the city hall. The locally generated electricity is used to charge mobile phones and tablets wirelessly (with QI) or with regular USB ports.
Back in 2016 Platio solar paver was just a prototype under development, but now it is ready to become a part of modern urban landscapes. The innovation was developed and designed by three young Hungarian engineers, whose aim is to integrate progressive and environmentally friendly technologies on the level of the paving, thus contributing to the energy independence and sustainability of future cities.
About Platio: The company (founded in 2015, Hungary) is performing research and development activities in the field of pavement-integrated renewable energy producing technologies.
Video 1: https://youtu.be/j9eGFlL1pMo
Video 2: http://youtu.be/Qb31WGn0hMY (english subtitles available)
Platio solar paving unit - Photo by Platio
Platio solar pavings in Astana - Photos by Platio
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