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Solar Benches Answered

I just saw this on digg and I thought I would post it here. These benches look pretty cool, but I wonder how well they would work.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/solar-powered-bench-is-eco-and-geek-friendly.php

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Weissensteinburg

10 years ago

In light of the comments, a better idea would probably be to put the solar panels on some sort of covering, to protect it's users from the sun.

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Kiteman

10 years ago

Aren't they kind of self-defeating? The cells work best on sunny days, but people are more likely to outside and sit on it on sunny days.

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lemonieKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

If they're placed in an area where benches are usually slept upon, things might be different? L

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

. I'm a country boy, so don't have a lot of experience with how benches are used in big cities, but I don't remember seeing many pictures of benches with all the seats taken. Ppl like to leave a little personal space.
. "Gluteal occlusion" would have to be taken into consideration, but shouldn't be that big of a problem in (what I think of as) normal use.

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Tool Using AnimalNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

Most city benches I've seen wither are entirely covered in graffiti and stickers or a camped out homeless person.

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KitemanNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

I guess it depends on the location - a group of friends or family visiting a park would cover a bench, but a group of strangers eating their lunch in a space between office-blocks would likely only cover a third of the bench.

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. I'm guessing they will work very well. The only problem I see is the protective cover getting scratched, reducing efficiency, over time. . You'll have to bolt them down if you want to keep them. :)

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ItsTheHobbs

10 years ago

That's an awesome idea!