University Sidewalks Generate Energy From Scorching Sunlight [Pics]
The team at a Washington, D.C University have created the world’s first walkable solar panel pathway.
George Washington University has created a 100 square-foot (0.3 square-metre) walkable solar-paneled sidewalk made of photovoltaic floor panels. Situated on the Virgina Science and Technology campus, Solar Walk converts sunlight into electricity, and uses the energy to power the LEDs around the path at night for students.
The project uses walkable PV floor panels manufactured by a Spanish tech company named Onyx Solar. Purposely designed to be walked on, each solar energy-harvesting panel has an anti-slip surface and can hold a weight of up to 400 kg (882 lb).