PHOTOVOLTAIC BUS STOP
Stops form integral units of the public transport system infrastructure, passenger waiting areas where buses stop to allow people to board or get off. Bus stops are good sites where photovoltaic panels can be installed as canopies and outer walls, the solar power generating surfaces sheltering the awaiting passengers from rain, snow and wind. Bus stops are built from a variety of materials: often aluminium or steel, as required by in-service and aesthetic demands. A perfect solution for bus stops is a system of no-frame glass-to-glass PV panels, either transparent or made with tinted glass.
SMART PARK BENCHES
Benches are small architectural objects designed for us to rest on. An innovative solution in their design are photovoltaic panels installed as bench canopies. Electricity is generated across the canopy top surface and can be used to heat the bench seat, power LED lamps, and feed the local surveillance cameras, mobile device chargers or WiFi hot spots. Hence park benches can run autonomously or can be powered from a 230 V grid. Benches are most often made of wood to harmonise with the environment; however, as our civilization progresses and advancements encroach then other acceptable materials are used, including aluminium and steel. The bench canopies are built with no-frame glass-to-glass PV panels, either transparent or made with tinted glass.
The hype this year in Europe are city bikes for hire, solving the problems of traffic jams for many. City bike rental stations have been popping up around cities: automated bike ports where bikes are collected and returned, and special bike stands have even appeared in many stores, malls, office buildings and schools. Photovoltaic bicycle ports protect the bikes from rain and snow, and generate power at the same time, hence contributing to environmental protection. The structural materials used for bicycle ports include aluminium, glass, steel, and wood. The port canopies can be built with no-frame glass-to-glass PV panels, either transparent or with tinted glass.
The power generated by the PV modules can support LED lamps, mobile phone chargers, WiFi hot spots, seat heating, or electric bike chargers.