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Students Install the World's First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

by , 10/06/13
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Studio39 Landscape Architecture just teamed up with students at the Solar Institute at George Washington University to install the world’s first solar panel walking path! The students and designers installed a total of 27 durable photovoltaic panels to create a street level Solar Walk that generates roughly 400 watt-peaks of electricity.

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Onyx Solar, a building integrated photovoltaics specialist from Spain, designed the semi-translucent panels, which look like smoked acrylic sheets. The walkable solar panels are integrated as a small section of the public sidewalk that sits flush with the surrounding cement. The Solar Walk spans a short distance between the Exploration and Innovation Halls at the intersection of George Washington Boulevard and University Drive.

The photovoltaic pavers can produce a peak energy output of 400 watts, which is used to power 450 LEDs installed underneath the panel pathway. The walkway also connects to a solar-powered trellis designed by Studio39 Landscape Architecture. The trellis installed at the end sidewalk creates energy that feeds back into the University’s Innovation Hall building.

Hopefully the project will lead to more solar walkways around the world – they’d make concrete jungles a whole lot more energy-efficient.

Via World Architecture News and George Washington University

Images © Onyx Solar and George Washington University

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  1. Home Improvements October 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Great to see solar panels are becoming more part of our lives, looking forward to seeing solar panels double glazed windows hitting the UK, and the rise of solar powered cars.

    We are seeing large rises in solar panel insulations as a great way to make and save money.
    Please follow our green blogs for more tips to be smart and green.
    Many thanks Louise
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  2. Herschel Boyd October 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    This along with the Solar Roadways project would power the entire world completely with solar power.

  3. johnreese59 October 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Green World Rising…Oh Happy Days :) <3

  4. johnreese59 October 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Our Green world is just a few heartbeats away…Solar panels on every flat surface on the planet in populated areas…Bless you all.Peace-n-Love-n-Light

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