| 01:30 – 22 February 2018 |
Platio, a Budapest-based startup founded in 2015 by three Hungarian engineers having introduced solar pavers have flexed their forte to fuel electric cars.
The company known for their innovative and modular solar pavers – ‘Platio‘ have recently installed a 50-square-foot solar sidewalk made of recycled plastic at an EV charging station in Budapest.
Platio’s first successful permanent installation was 80 sq. mts at Green mall’s front visitor entrance in Astana, Kazakhstan showed that pavement’s are fun! The paved area giving power output of 11.7 kilowatt peak produces electricity covering the mall’s energy requirements! Adding to their successful sustainability portfolio, Platio recently built a 4.7 sq. mts of sidewalk at Prologis Park in Budapest wherein the electricity generated can be used to charge electric cars.
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The paving elements, which total 4.7 square meters, are built into the sidewalk near Prologis Park Budapest-Harbor’s electric car charging station. In sunlight, the 720 Wp system provides the station with green energy; when the station is empty, the energy supplies a nearby office building.
The developers of Platio wanted to demonstrate that by turning energy absorbing paved areas into huge walkable solar arrays, energy production can be achieved at a large scale without taking up useful space or altering the cityscape.
With this pilot project, Platio founders provide a more environmentally conscious way to fuel electric vehicles. “As e-mobility rapidly emerges, the demand for more energy will grow soon as well. Local, independent renewable energy sources can supplement or even decentralize the utility grid” – said Miklós Ilyés, co-founder of Platio.
Installation at site
Unlike similar projects aiming to harvest solar energy on roads, Platio is designed to be installed at pedestrian paved areas, such as sidewalks and squares. The company’s vision is a future, where solar power plants are integrated into the urban environment. The Solar paver was introduced in 2017 with a 80 square meters system at the entrance of a shopping mall as a pilot, which was followed by a solar marine pontoon and a smart bench project.
Green mall’s visitor entrance, Astana, Kazakhstan
Platio integrated into public benches – Central Budapest
The concept appealed to Prologis, the global leader in logistics real estate, and the company provided platform for the pilot project at one of its Hungarian parks, Prologis Park Budapest-Harbor. “At Prologis, sustainability is central to what we do—more than that, it is part of our organisational DNA. We implement numerous green solutions already in our logistics buildings and with an eye on further innovation we dedicate special care to trialing potential future technologies like this renewable energy source from Platio” – said László Kemenes, senior vice president and country manager, Prologis Hungary.
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