As we’re getting used to solar-powered bus stops in the UK, the next generation of solar-powered public furniture is being designed.
Vekso’s Nanok is a litter bin with a solar powered compactor which compresses rubbish, minimising its volume by around 80%. This, in turn, reduces the costs and carbon dioxide associated with emptying the bin.
Zava’s PV.LED solar-powered street lighting really combines external illumination with creative design and a pleasing aesthetic.
Solion’s Solard is a solar bollard that ‘gives off enough light from LEDs to enable drivers to see the bollards and act as a pathway marker for pedestrians.’ No wiring is required from grid sources, eliminating the need to dig up roads.
Clever Bins’ litter bins use a solar-powered daylight-charging system to illuminate static and dynamic on-bin advertising panels.
Greenbarnes’ solar-powered noticeboards use motion sensors and a timing mechanism to ensure that lighting is active only when people are in close proximity, hence maximising battery life.
And Nikola Knezevic has designed a suite of futuristic solar-powered street furniture – news stands / street lamps / ATMs – which shares its energy between linked modules to maximise efficiency and ensure the lights don’t go out anywhere.
Tags: Street furniture