Here at TC, we're big fans of integrating new technology into street furniture rather than it becoming a stand alone or ad-hoc consideration. We've also been watching Auckland for a while now (definitely a trending city for many good reasons) and were again inspired when we spotted this project on Linkedin.
As part of their Low Carbon Action Plan, the Waitematā Local Board has placed two solar tables in the inner city of Auckland.
“We are delighted to be integrating smart city technology and sustainable energy sources into our urban design” says Rob Thomas, Waitematā Local Board.
Located in Aotea Square and near the basketball courts at Victoria Park, these tables are recognisable by the chess board design on top. Solar panels on the tables provide four ‘rapid charge’ portals for free charging of phone or device.
Key features and fast facts:
- 2 tables with built in solar panel and chess board
- Four “rapid charging” usb connections per table
- Best operate when the panels are in full light
- People need to bring their own power cord
- A quick and convenient way to get a “rapid charge” using renewable energy.
- Installed in high “hang out” areas in Aotea Square and Victoria Park Skate Park
- The project is one of the Waitemata Local Board’s Low Carbon Initiatives
- The project promotes Auckland’ target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2040
- The project supports a global wave of new smarter city green urban design technology.
Read more on the Action Plan here.
See another story of solar powered benches in Boston here.