The world’s first solar paneled sidewalk was installed at George Washington University

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The world’s first solar paneled sidewalk was installed at George Washington University

We currently rely heavily on coal, oil, and natural gas for its energy. Fossil fuels are non-renewable, that is, they draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. Most reliable way to save our environment & have endless energy is as below

  • Solar. Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. …
  • Wind. The sun’s heat also drives the winds, whose energy is captured with wind turbines. …
  • Biomass. Along with the rain and snow, sunlight causes plants to grow. …
  • Geothermal. …
  • Hydrogen. …
  • Ocean. …
  • Hydropower

The 100 sq ft (9.3 sq m) rectangular Solar Walk was made using walkable PV floor panels manufactured by Spanish tech company Onyx Solar. Designed to be walked on, each solar energy-harvesting panel has an anti-slip surface and can support a load of up to 400 kg (882 lb).


The path, designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the technology, incorporates 27 of the translucent panels which together have a peak capacity of 400 watts. That’s enough to illuminate an array of 450 LEDs that light the pathway at night, shining up through the panels from beneath. It also includes a trellis that hosts additional solar panels on top.


We should replicate this idea on our sideways and we can easily power on street lights etc.


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