New eco-friendly bus shelters are so sleek you won’t mind waiting for the next bus to come along

The station square is surrounded by special shelters and canopies which protect against the rain and snow as well as acting as solar panels. ML System

Eco-friendly bus shelters using state-of-the-art solar technology have begun popping up on the streets of Rzeszów.

City officials teamed up with photovoltaics company ML System and Solaris busses to introduce the sci-fi-looking shelters as part of the city’s ongoing investment in renewable technology.

The city’s public transport infrastructure is having a makeover and along with the new central station and electric buses there will be 140 new bus shelters. ML System

To ensure this, the façade and windows of the main building are made of special panels which allow ventilation while simultaneously collecting energy.

The station square is surrounded by special shelters and canopies which protect against the rain and snow as well as acting as solar panels.

The canopies have an illumination system which improves lighting and create added value from the architectural perspective.

The façade and windows of the main building are made of special panels which allow ventilation while simultaneously collecting energy.ML System

The central bus station is just one of the green-minded improvements in the ‘Smart City’, as well as the hybrid Solaris busses and the smart bus shelters dotted around Rzeszów.

The city’s public transport infrastructure is having a makeover and along with the new central station and electric buses there will be 140 new bus shelters.

The canopies have an illumination system which improves lighting and create added value from the architectural perspective.ML System

The bus shelters will be completed by the end of September this year, 20 of which will be supplied with central energy control systems, six of them will be equipped with a heating system, 22 with a photovoltaic system and five with a cooling system.

ML System co-founder and President of the board Dawid Cycoń told TFN: “As well as the transport infrastructure ML System has installed PV and BIPV installations for 53 public building facilities, schools and kindergartens, with the total amount of  1MWp (Mega Watt per hour) the installations include photovoltaic roof systems, sunshades and ventilated facades.”

ML System boss Dawid Cycoń told TFN that the “ventilated facade modules and the lights are the first solutions of this type in the world. In addition, the station has been equipped with photovoltaic lamps produced by ML System.”Jakub Kamiński/PAP

Rzeszów isn’t the only place in Poland to benefit from the technology, though.

Cycoń added: “We are currently carrying out a similar project on the bus terminal in Pszczyna and we do expect other projects of such a type, since BIPV solutions are a perfect match for the public utility places.”