New solar-powered tables bring bright idea to campus

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Three additions to Temple’s Main Campus made this week are designed to give students more power. Literally.

On Tuesday, crews installed new Solar Dok picnic tables at outdoor dining areas — two on the vendor pad near the TECH Center and Anderson Hall and one at the corner of Liacouras of Polett Walks. Manufactured by EnerFusion Inc., the units have solar panels mounted on their umbrellas that provide continuous power to electric outlets attached to a pole at the center of the table surface.

Each unit has four standard power outlets and two USB ports that allow students and other users to charge their laptops, iPads, cell phones and other electronic gadgets while enjoying coffee or lunch. The solar panels store enough electricity to power the outlets, as well as LED lights that illuminate the table area, overnight. Temple is the first university in Pennsylvania to install the tables, according to the manufacturer.

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