Brit Liggett

Photovoltaic Paving Tiles Coming Soon a Sidewalk Near You

by , 10/25/10

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Onyx Solar recently teamed up with Butech to launch a new line of photovoltaic paving stones made from ceramic and glass. The streamlined solar stones are manufactured using a process that produces less CO2 and uses less energy than traditional pavement, making this energy-generating material even better for reducing the environmental impact of building projects. Onyx and Butech hope to release the tiles to market by the end of this year, making them the first PV pavement system available for purchase.

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Though the pavement is not suited for vehicular traffic — unlike the Solar Roadway — it is well suited for human traffic and can support furniture as well, in case you’d like your back patio to power your home. The tiles are made of ceramic and glass, and though Butech and Onyx seem to be confident in their ability to sustain wear and tear, we’re a little worried about how tough they are.

Onyx Solar and Butech have already collaborated on a ventilated photovoltaic glass facade for buildings that is already in use around the world. The companies are hoping to that their new photovoltaic paving stones will hit the market by the end of this year, however, not much information on its specifics are available. They won’t let on to how much energy the tiles will generate, how they are constructed, or how much they will cost.

+ Read more about the solar paving

+ Onyx Solar

+ Butech

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9 Comments

  1. BJ Waugh July 8, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Believe this is the future. 100 years on, this should be norm and people be blase’ about it.

  2. veleynna March 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    So, are they available for purchase yet? Last year is truly over. So where are they, and where are the specs?

  3. BMUR March 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    wow how goods this? what huge potential.

  4. VISHWANATHANP@1956 March 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    With the depletion of natural recourses ,this is a wonderful solution.
    I would like to use this in our office flooring and use the power generated for office lightning
    Can you suggest?

  5. kgleonar March 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Keep me updated on PV tiles

  6. Doc. Holliday March 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I would like to know more and get in on updates.

  7. Jaime Soto March 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Please tell us about the efficiency of these panels, and if you have any advice about the backup battery building, what if the battery arrays fall because of an earthquake? Do you have a list of battery families from the least to the most dangerous? I guess it is safer to use these panels in large ceilings and to keep the battery building separated from the main building.

  8. bhavya December 5, 2010 at 1:18 am

    we want to build a solar building. so please provide all information about the suitable product for our project.

  9. jham October 26, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Interesting, but what’s the efficiency on these bad boys? Also, how much heat do they retain??? NOT IN MY BACK YARD (patio).

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