Not just small talk for Hungarian solar pavements

(Reuters, 26 Oct 2020) Using recycled plastic, solar cells are integrated into pavements that can power buildings and public lighting, and charge devices.

A Hungarian tech company is taking small steps with recycled plastic waste to make solar panels built into pavements to power buildings and charge electronic devices in public places.

The solar cells are protected with hardened glass tiles, which allow the pavements to carry the weight of vehicles, and the secret lies in the small-scale approach, said Imre Sziszak, co-founder of Budapest-based Platio.

"There are no complicated bits in this panel. We use recycled plastic which provides a very strong and durable surface," Sziszak said while laying down a pavement at a public swimming pool in the north-west town of Komarom on the Slovak border where the solar panels will provide green energy for public lighting and a USB-charging station.

"We wanted to make a really simple product that can provide renewable energy for households," Sziszak added.

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Reuters, 26 Oct 2020: Not just small talk for Hungarian solar pavements