solar walk: walkable solar-paneled pathway creates energy solar walk: walkable solar-paneled pathway creates energy
oct 11, 2013

solar walk: walkable solar-paneled pathway creates energy

solar walk: walkable solar-panel pathway creates power
image courtesy GWU

 

george washington university has completed the world’s first energy producing walkable solar-paneled pathway on the virginia science and technology campus as a part of their sustainable ‘solar walk’ project. the landscaped pedestrian sidewalk boasts a solar-powered trellis by studio39 architecture and 27 slip-resistant semi-transparent photovoltaic glass panels by onyx solar that converts direct sunlight into electricity. the installation is an extension of the public sidewalk, combining an average of 400-watt peak capacity – the maximum amount of power that can be produced under perfect conditions – with enough energy to power 450 LED pathway lights below the surface. 

 

 

the landscaped pedestrian sidewalk boasts a solar-powered trellis and 27 slip-resistant semi-transparent photovoltaic panels
image courtesy GWU

 

 

the solar-powered trellis creates energy that feeds back to the university’s innovation hall
image courtesy studio39

 

 

the installation is an extension of the public sidewalk, producing enough energy to power 450 LED pathway lights
image courtesy onyx solar

 

 

slip-resistant semi-transparent photovoltaic glass panels
image courtesy onyx solar

 

 

detail
image courtesy onyx solar

 

 

plan view of the site
image courtesy studio39

 

h/t gizmag

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