Turkey’s southern beaches to receive solar energy producing parasols

A Turkish company has developed solar panelled beach umbrellas that will be used in the country’s southern Mediterranean coasts as early as spring, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

The system, created by CW Enerji Mühendislik Ticaret ve Sanayi Inc., enables electricity generation through solar panels incorporated into beach umbrellas, it said.

Some of the features of the multipurpose umbrellas include an automatic battery protection feature and the ability to charge devices like mobile phones, tablets and laptops during the day while providing light at night, according to Daily Sabah. 

“We created an energy system of about 200 watts. With this, two mobile phones at the same time or any laptop can be charged all day,” Anadolu cited the company’s chairman, Tarık Sarvan, as saying. 

“We put the product on markets this year; we started to receive orders. It will be located on the beaches of several five-star hotel groups in the 2021 season,” he added.

The system, which uses lithium-ion batteries, can be integrated with existing umbrellas and can be disassembled and removed from the umbrellas and then reinstalled the following year, Sarvan said.