Solar Power Table Makes Charging A Picnic

Students: How many times have you been on campus, frantically trying to put the finishing touches on a homework assignment before your laptop battery dies? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to work on your computer outside on a nice day, rather than being cooped up in the library?

Tom Davis and Joe Kobus of EnerFusion in Lansing, MI have come up with a creative solar-powered solution to this dilemma. The Solar Dok is a picnic table that doubles as an off-grid, solar-powered charging station for electronic devices. The four-sided table houses an umbrella with six PV panels attached and a battery bank in its base. Electrical features of the the Solar Dok include four 110V standard GFCI power outlets, two USB type A power outlets and a 700-lumen LED lighting system that operates with a push button and timer for use at night. The unit is completely self-contained and maintenance-free; eliminating the need for wiring.


image via EnerFusion

The table and seat tops are made from 100% recycled materials. It can also be customized to sport school colors and logos. So far, Solar Doks have been installed at Texas A & M, University of Florida and University of Central Florida. EnerFusion also envisions Solar Doks being used at cafes and restaurants, parks, recreation areas and trail facilities.

Although some might consider the unit to be a little clunky-looking, we can expect this novel approach to off-grid power to be a popular option on green college campuses. It sure beats spending a beautiful day in the library!

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

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  • Reply June 25, 2013

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    The SolGreen Outdoor SmartTable seats up to 10 people (ADA wheelchair compliant), features 6 voltage AC voltage outdoor plugs and 4 USB power plugs and is a durable construction build of powder-coated steel and fiberglass with an advanced renewable power source, and built-in water detection system that automatically shuts down power during wet rainy conditions to protect users from electrical discharged or property damage is a perfect fit for many colleges and universities, businesses, consumers, state and local governments, hospitals, and more!
    The SolGreen TM Smart table a Patented design and currently being seated at Arizona State University and we would love for your city to be one of the first to offer this great Green Technology to your residents!

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