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Grab some shade and charge your tech under a Solar Bench

Grab some shade and charge you...
Ontario's Green Sun Rising has launched the Solar Bench, a picnic bench and table topped by PV panels to help top up device batteries while users enjoy some shade
Ontario's Green Sun Rising has launched the Solar Bench, a picnic bench and table topped by PV panels to help top up device batteries while users enjoy some shade
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There's built-in storage battery for those rare occasions when the sun just refuses to come out, and 2W LED lamps fitted underneath the roof for continued working when night falls
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There's built-in storage battery for those rare occasions when the sun just refuses to come out, and 2W LED lamps fitted underneath the roof for continued working when night falls
While mobile device users use the weather-proofed cedar wood benches and table top to grab some welcome shade, the solar canopy can keep batteries juiced up
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While mobile device users use the weather-proofed cedar wood benches and table top to grab some welcome shade, the solar canopy can keep batteries juiced up
The Solar Bench has an all-aluminum frame, and a corrugated roof with three flexible, thin-film solar modules on top
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The Solar Bench has an all-aluminum frame, and a corrugated roof with three flexible, thin-film solar modules on top
Ontario's Green Sun Rising has launched the Solar Bench, a picnic bench and table topped by PV panels to help top up device batteries while users enjoy some shade
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Ontario's Green Sun Rising has launched the Solar Bench, a picnic bench and table topped by PV panels to help top up device batteries while users enjoy some shade
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Thanks to widespread free Wi-Fi, when the sun shines (which is quite often) I can head outdoors to work. When it gets too bright to view the laptop screen in the open, there's usually a tree-shaded picnic bench available at the lakeside where I can comfortably type away to my heart's content ... until my battery dies. Were I fortunate enough to find a Solar Bench from Ontario's Green Sun Rising, limited battery life might not be such a concern. The table and twin bench structure is topped by a photovoltaic paneled roof that not only provides some welcome relief from a blazing mid-day sun, but can juice up smartphone or mobile computing devices, too.

Having a design reminiscent of the company's Solar Bikeport announced earlier in the year - that's reportedly capable of the off-grid top-up of an e-bike's battery pack during the course of a sunny day - the Solar Bench's all-aluminum frame has a PV panel canopy sporting three flexible, thin-film solar modules with a claimed output of over 200W. Instead of bike supports, weather-proofed cedar wood benches and a table top sit beneath the corrugated roof.

While mobile device users use the weather-proofed cedar wood benches and table top to grab some welcome shade, the solar canopy can keep batteries juiced up
While mobile device users use the weather-proofed cedar wood benches and table top to grab some welcome shade, the solar canopy can keep batteries juiced up

There's a built-in storage battery for those rare occasions when the sun just refuses to come out, and 2W LED lamps fitted underneath the roof for continued working when night falls.

An example installation has been set up outside the company's Renewable Energy Technology Center in Windsor, Ontario. Green Sun Rising has confirmed that the Solar Bench is currently for sale but is remaining tight-lipped on pricing, encouraging potential customers to get in touch for details.

Source: Green Sun Rising

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2 comments
Atul Malhotra
I have 2 problems with that What happens when temperatures touch 45 degrees C in countries like ours ? No one can dare use this in such extreme heat . This can only be useful in sunny winter days, which is about 1 month out of 12 How do u protect this from theft and vandalism at night ?
kellory
45 degrees C would be 113 degrees Fahrenheit. I don't think I would be spending much time outdoors if I could help it. On the other hand though, Make the canopy larger for more shade (and more power) would help, if it was that hot. Theft is not a problem. Just pour a concrete slab, and anchor it down, or use earth anchors and chain it. If it was me, I would just use two earth anchors (one for each runner) cut a slot in the runner for the looped head to pass through (like a button hole) and padlock it to the earth anchor. It could not be removed with out cutting tools.