Cool Off And Charge Up With This Solar-Powered Bench

After a few too many hours in front of the laptop screen, I love to get outside to take a walk. Sometimes I have a particular destination in mind, like the bank or library, but often I’ll just wander around the park or downtown area, enjoying the free sunshine and getting a much needed stretch of the legs.

At my favorite park, convenient benches are sprinkled along the walking paths, providing a great place to take a break or do some quiet reading. The only problem is that most of these benches are placed in areas without much shade. On really hot days, there’s no way I’m interested in sitting down for slow roast. Ontario-based Green Sun Rising found a way to turn hot park benches into shady oases, all while capturing the sun’s free energy to power our mobile gadgets.

Green Sun Rising Solar Bench

Image via Green Sun Rising

The all-aluminum solar bench features is simple yet elegant, with enough seating space to keep four people out of the sun’s harsh glare. The two comfortable benches and the table  are made out of cedar wood, and finished off with clear weatherproof stain to keep it protected from the elements.

While you cool off in the shade, three flexible solar modules are hard at work on the solar bench’s corrugated roof. These thin-film solar modules produced a combined output of over 200W, which is enough power to charge a laptop or a cell phone. An included storage battery ensures that even if you’re taking shelter from the rain, the bench will still be able to juice up your devices. The battery also helps power 2 Watt LED lamps will provide enough light that will illuminate the space at night

No word on how much the Solar Bench will cost, but the company assures us they are for sale.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog