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.