When you think of solar power, there’s a high chance that you immediately think of the panels that many have on their homes. However, that isn’t where solar power ends. These panels are often used on satellites, scientists want to use them on cars, and they want to get to a point where the opportunity for using the sun’s power is limitless. Well, a new concept on the market sees solar panels powering your house — but here’s the catch, they’re made from plastic bottles.
Creating Something New
Over the past few decades, solar panel experts and enthusiasts have been working hard to create the next big breakthrough in their field. Platio Solar, a Budapest-based startup, is one of those teams and they believe that they have created something that will change the course of our everyday existence. That’s because they have created solar panel driveways made from recycled plastic bottles.
Solar in Urban Spaces
Platio Solar is a company that has spent the past five years thinking up ideas to incorporate solar panels within our urban lifestyles. The latest addition to their impressive developments includes the “Platio Solar Paver,” which is made from 400 PET bottles — they’ve come from recycling plants and households from across the globe. To create their driveway panels, Platio Solar compresses this plastic down into a durable piece of material that’s both sustainable and slip-resistant. What’s even more impressive is that it’s not just any old addition to your driveway as these pavers also allow you to generate electricity for your home.
All About Consumption
According to Platio Solar, customers who add just a 215-square-foot section of paving panels to their driveway will be able to generate a year’s energy consumption — without having to pay any extra to heat your house or cook your food. That’s pretty impressive. We have a feeling that this solar-paneled driveway is going to be pretty popular.