Free Energy From Patio Tables

This is not some new solar powered gadget, this is a product that can revolutionize the way we produce and store energy. The surface of the table is covered in highly efficient photovoltaic cells that collect solar energy all year and then “feeds” the home with precious “clean” electrical energy.

No need for complicated installations – can be fitted in any garden or outdoor space and it is a piece of classic elegance and beauty that will last forever. Violent Sun is particularly beneficial to the contract and leisure market, where the use of outdoor furniture is extensive and energy bills very costly.

The table is the first object in this range, which is also to include a bench, light and flag pole. The overall design language is inspired by Classic Architecture and specifically Doric Order Greek columns. In order to avoid the stereotypical image of solar powered objects as high tech, ugly and gadgety, the designer has focused on materials and formal languages that are engaging, classic and timeless. The base is made out of a solid, carved, black Terrazo piece. The top is covered in elegant Polycrystaline PV cells that create a contemporary pattern. This is a beautifully crafted monolith of a table that uses design as a way to entice the consumer to a more ethical way of living.

Designer: Afroditi Krassa

18 Comments

  • Ekove says:

    PLEASE…not another crappy idea of a random object with a solar panel shoved into it, this is getting pathetic.

    O well, I gotta give you though that a table is at least more effective than putting it on the back of a monitor….

    Please Yanko Design…no stupid solar panel ideas that look terrible and are a thousand times less effective than just putting a solar panel on the roof of the building.

    • scouros says:

      I think this is a brilliant idea, I don’t think is not so much about collecting energy as the appropriation of this technology and its acceptance, which is a much bigger issue!

  • Brian says:

    It would make more sense to use an umbrella for the solar cells instead of the surface that probably wouldn’t see any real sunlight. Seems like a poorly considered design.

  • Eric says:

    As the article states this will be a supplementary object to all the others in the yard also collecting light. I have solar powered lamps from Home Depot and they collect energy on cloudy days- enough to last all night! I think the umbrella, bench, chairs, everything could incorporate solar cells. Hell get rid of the lawn too, cover it also, and the dog, and the… Ok when is it too much? When we start selling energy back to the grid?

  • Carl says:

    how much energy goes into the production of this item? and how long will it last? crappy home depot cells rarely last more than 3 years, roof panels degreade after 6 years. so when people say its free energy and clean energy they dont completely look at the entire picture.

    • Eric says:

      Guess I’m a rarity! I heard people would throw them away when they would get dim, I just replaced the re-chargeable battery and it was good as new! 😉 Ps this outdoor furniture is actually not solar panels as we are discussing. Their surface has been sprayed with photovoltaic cells, so you really can make this look like whatever. Hell spray it on a wonder substance that creates no pollution in its created…

  • Eric says:

    P.s Here is some of the latest research involving the maximum output we can squeeze out of solar cells. You might be surprised…
    http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2507

  • This is a fantastic idea, I wish more effort could be put in globally towards clean solutions like these. I’d certainly put one of these in my garden.

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