Proving that there is no lack of creativity in the solar industry, Solaroad Group has come up with a radical space-saving design for solar panels. What they dub the ElectraWall is a cylinder-shaped solar cell that can be clipped onto any number of surfaces including walls, poles, or rooftops. Using, of course, cylindrical solar cells, ElectraWall panels have a variety of proposed benefits. These include no need for direct sunlight, easy installation, and built-in battery storage. They’re also made with a good proportion of recycled materials.
Solaroad Group claims that their devices work even better than the conventional solar panel, but details are difficult to find. They do pose a pretty fascinating possibility for highway, street, and parking lot light posts. In that sense, they remind me a lot of solar trees and I am interested to see how this pans out. I just hope I can keep my eyes on the road!
photo courtesy of www.solaroadtechnologies.com