Barcelona City Council
has unveiled the first pavement that captures sunlight and transforms it into electrical energy. Developed by Sorigué and the Hungarian company Platio, this technology is a specific proposal for sustainable urban innovation that not only generates clean energy, but also reuses resources for its production.
The initiative was the winner of the competition “Generating pavements: How can we incorporate local renewable generation into the city's pavements?”, promoted in 2019 by Barcelona City Council, through the Energy Agency
and the Commissioner for Digital Innovation, with the support of the BIT Habitat Foundation
. The aim of the competition was to identify potential solutions for local renewable generation in pavements and to analyse the feasibility of implementing them in streets, squares and access roads in Barcelona.
The competition began with a pilot test presented this Wednesday on a plot of land next to Plaça de Les Glòries in Barcelona, where 50 m² of photovoltaic paving has been installed to determine its potential.
Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor for the 2030 Agenda and Digital Transition, Eloi Badia, Councillor for the Climate Emergency and Transition on behalf of Barcelona City Council, and Joan Pons, Head of Innovation at Sorigué, participated in the presentation of the project, along with other authorities from the city council and representatives of the company.
"We promote an open innovation programme that seeks to align our knowledge with the interests of external actors. The project is the result of this process. The solution we are implementing today follows the sustainability criteria we seek in each of our activities: energy efficiency, low environmental impact and excellence in quality," said Joan Pons.
Designed with electrical wiring and covered with highly resistant, non-slip glass, the new modules operate like normal urban paving stones that can be walked on. However, their uniqueness lies in the fact that they have a power of 9 kWp, which allows them to generate 6.7 kWh of energy.