The pavement of the solar panels appeared in Kazakhstan

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In the capital of Kazakhstan Astana there was a sidewalk from recycled plastic, and solar panels of monocrystalline silicon, covered with tempered shockproof glass. It is reported Inhabitat.

The creators of the Hungarian startup Platio put the innovative tile at a shopping center in a newly built “green” quarter in Esil district of the city. The pavement covers 80 square meters and produces up to 11.7 kW of electricity.

Platio in parallel together with the design Studio Hellowood developed and installed benches PopUp Waves photoporation in the Park Vаroshаza in the Hungarian capital Budapest. Bench in the form of waves, equipped with slots for USB cables and the wireless power system Qi, through which passers-by can charge smartphones and tablets.

The company also designed a floating bridge from the solar panels for the factory of the Swedish manufacturer of pontoons and jetties SF Marina in Gothenburg . The facility will help to provide energy to the port facilities and vessels.

According to the creators of the technology, photoporation very light, quick to assemble thanks to a modular system. Tiles can be used as a source of energy at festivals and exhibitions. The sidewalk can broadcast useful information or advertising for citizens.

Development cover start-up cost of €71 thousand Platio received a grant from the European Union amounting to €50 thousand in the framework of the seven-year programme for research funding Horizon 2020 (Horizon 2020, the Eighth framework programme of the European Union on the development of scientific research and technology).
The company plans to develop sidewalks, able to convert into electricity the energy created by the pedestrians, and to engage in innovative building facades.

Roads out of solar panels

Road from the solar panels is building the French group Colas Group. The first panel has replaced the asphalt on the 29-mile stretch of American interstate 85, passing through Georgia in 2016. In October of the same year the construction of the “solar” road began in the French village of Turov in Normandy. Covering an area of 2.8 thousand square meters, is expected to be able to generate up to 280 kW and will conduct electricity for the city lights. According to Bloomberg, the company plans to build similar roads in Canada, Japan, the European Union and Africa.

The main goal of startups is to help cities become more energy independent and sustainable. According to the UN, cities consume 60-80% of the world’s energy and produce 75% of carbon emissions. According to “Global report on human settlements 2011”, prepared by the United Nations Programme for human settlements (UN Habitat), the burning of fossil fuels for electricity production is the main source of CO2 in cities, the share of electricity in 15 South African cities, according to studies, have more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 annually (66% of total emissions).

Clean cities is a necessary condition for sustainable development of the world. According to the UN, live in towns and cities half of the world population (3.5 billion people). By 2030 the number of inhabitants of megacities will increase by 60%.

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