It is becoming an expectation that everywhere we go we’ll be able to access power and the internet. More and more places are offering wi-fi and power outlets have been installed in planes, waiting rooms and most public spaces.

But how to get power outdoors? Illinois State University utilized a clever solution that incorporates solar panels on patio tables to provide power to those using the seating. The sun can deliver power where the students want it while avoiding costly wiring and permanent fixtures.

The next time you’re faced with a dilemma there’s probably more than the usual way to address it. Maybe you can shed some (sun)light on the issue and find a novel solution to meet your needs.


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