“The new cities of tomorrow, the smart cities will be the icon of the city that has made such a choice”. Anonymous
The primary purpose of a park bench is to provide convenience and comfort to the person using it. A well-designed bench in the right location can be a real hub of activity along a sidewalk.
Many types of benches throughout history have offered unique ways of interacting with the surrounding environment. The platform for smart cities has been laid down with awareness of clean energy production units, i.e. solar powered park furniture.
Street furniture is a key element of public spaces and a better energy solution makes solar powered park benches or street furniture an obvious choice for energy autonomy and reliability. With the general public and government responding positively to make public spaces sustainable: designers, too are designing elements that combine modern design with clean energy units.
Solar power generation has various advantages over conventional forms of power generation:
For environmentally sensitive areas like national parks, remote homes, stand-alone photovoltaic can be more effective than extending power lines and these units can produce power independently of the utility grid. Smart benches or solar benches are not only for comfort and aesthetics, but also encourage people to get out of their homes and connect people to their city with smart technologies.
Following are a few examples how solar powered benches have integrated comfort, technology and energy efficiency:
Toyota Prius Solar Flowers Power Free local Wi-Fi:
The 18 foot flowers, resembling like a giant daisy, have solar cells behind their petals and at the base of the stem. With 110-volt outlets, the generated electricity travels to the plastic benches:
"We want to reactivate the city and create a new shared social experience. We envision Soofas to invite people outdoor to share a video, read news and check emails without worrying to run out of power".
The outdoor seating isn't just about phone charging: It also contains noise and air sensors embedded in the bench's "brain". Those sensors constantly collect data and beam it over Verizon's 4G network to Soofa's website, that lets people know about a vacant bench, in a quiet location, with fresh air.
Rockers serve as an exceptional charging station disguised primarily as an outdoor rocking loaf furniture:
Outdoors joys and convenience of staying plugged in combines for stylish clean energy charging station that doubles as outdoor furniture:
Dual purpose benches:
Solar panels create absolutely no waste and emissions unlike fossil fuels, they produce clean renewable energy and require no locating, excavating, transporting, or combusting. Thus, consider it as a cheap, clean and simple energy solution to conventional forms. When integrated with latest technology it will prove out to be a blessing to the coming generations.
"We want to make cities futuristic for our next generation”.
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