Solar panel driveways

Solar panel driveways may as well be the future, soon powering all our households with clean electricity thanks to a Budapest-based startup.

For the last five years, Platio Solar has been developing new ways of implementing solar technology into urban spaces, and one of their latest developments is a residential solar paneled driveway made using recycled plastic bottles.

According to a video that was published by the company on the 30th of March 2020, the solar system is the first to generate green power from the pavement of a residential household.

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Each “Platio Solar Paver” is made from approximately 400 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, which are famously one of the most common forms of consumer plastic, and in addition one of the biggest current pollutants of our planet. Compressed into pavers, the material becomes more durable than concrete while still being non-slip and very sustainable.

This system can either be used to generate electricity for a residential household or to provide power needed to charge your electric powered car. According to the company’s website, a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) Platio driveway system has the capacity to provide the electricity needed to cover the yearly energy consumption of an average household.

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The company is now offering resell opportunities and installation quotes for their driveway systems available in brown, blue, red, and green designs. Hopefully, this incredible concept will prove itself as a product and grow from the Hungarian market to a worldwide success, helping us save our planet along the way.