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updated: 4/29/2014 3:05 PM

SIU installs solar-powered picnic table

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  • The solar-powered picnic table is near the Life Sciences building and greenhouse at the Southern Illinois University campus in Carbondale.

      The solar-powered picnic table is near the Life Sciences building and greenhouse at the Southern Illinois University campus in Carbondale.
    Associated Press

  • The Solar Dok table is made of recyclable plastics. It's equipped with an umbrella, four seats, a solar array, a 110-volt charger, the display box and two USB ports.

      The Solar Dok table is made of recyclable plastics. It's equipped with an umbrella, four seats, a solar array, a 110-volt charger, the display box and two USB ports.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Students at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale have a solar-powered way to charge their electronic devices, just by sitting at a picnic table.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports crews last week installed the Solar Dok table made of recyclable plastics. It's equipped with an umbrella, four seats, a solar array, a 110-volt charger, a display box and two USB ports.

The table lights up at night and stores enough energy for two cloudy days.

A $3,000 device that provides solar-powered charging capabilities without the picnic table is being installed near the student center.

Michigan-based EnerFusion makes the tables at a cost of a little more than $10,000 apiece.

The charging-stations are funded by a fee students pay for environmentally projects.

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