For the last five years, Platio Solar has been developing new ways of implementing solar technology into urban spaces—and one of their latest developments is a residential solar paneled driveway made out of recycled plastic bottles.
According to a video that was published by the company last week, the solar system is the first to generate power from the pavement of a residential household.
Each "Platio Solar Paver" is made from 400 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles—one of the most common forms of consumer plastic. Compressed into pavers, the material becomes more durable than concrete while still being non-slip and sustainable.
The system can either be used to generate electricity for a residential household or power an electric car. According to the company's website, a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) Platio driveway system has the capacity to cover the yearly energy consumption of an average household.