OPV technology is rapidly expanding into real products including municipal installations to provide environmentally safe charging of mobile phones on the go. The new smart bus stop powered by organic solar panels to charge mobile phones, provide powered USB ports and wifi connectivity was designed and installed by OET in Thessaloniki, Greece at the end of July 2020 with great ambition to globally utilize the state-of-art OPV and smart technologies. Although this is not the first bus stop powered by OPV (the first one was OPV-powered bus shelter by Konarka in 2009/2010 in San Francisco, CA, USA), it is amazing that OPV technology is picking up momentum for commercialization.
The municipality of Neapoli-Sykies became a world leader in the utilization of state-of-the-art technologies, such as nanotechnology, as it became the first municipality in the world to inaugurate the first “smart bus stop” equipped with flexible third-generation photovoltaic panels.
The circle opened today with the installation of the first “smart stop” in the municipality of Neapoli-Sykies, and specifically in front of the city hall. This is the first global pilot application with which it will be “introduced” to the citizens, while the order was given to technical service executives to proceed with a comprehensive study for the replacement of bus stops through a tender.
First opening in innovative applications
The installation was carried out in the presence of mayor Simos Daniilidis and the representatives of the company OET (ORGANIC ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES) Nikos Karageorgou and Miltiadis Papadopoulos. It should be noted that OET, based in Thessaloniki, is the only international company that is active in the production of flexible organic printed 3rd gen photovoltaics, printed organic LEDs, and collaborates with the Nanotechnology Laboratory of AUTh.
The energy-independent stand, is equipped with printable organic photovoltaics that cover the curved dome of the stand, producing energy from diffused light. Thus, the citizens-passengers, protected from the UV rays of the sun, are given the opportunity to charge their mobile phone while waiting for the bus, having four USB ports at their disposal.
During the evening hours, the station is illuminated autonomously with LED lighting, while at the same time it can supply, at the option of the municipality, a router for WiFi, a meteorological station, etc. All this is achieved with the use of nanotechnology, with all materials being recyclable.
“With the first “smart bus stop” that we install in our municipality, we attempt the first opening to innovative applications and cutting-edge technology, such as nanotechnology. These are impressive steps forward in scientific research, and we are very happy and proud that they are being noted by our own Laboratory and our own university, such as the Laboratory of Nanotechnology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. “Strongly oriented in this direction, in cooperation with the scientific community, we are determined to take advantage of every opportunity that will aim at improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens and protecting the environment by saving energy and financial resources”, said Mayor Simos Daniilidis, while receiving the first positive reactions of the young people who “besieged” the bus stop on the first day of its operation.
Original press release can be found here.