You’d all enjoy watching how much use our “Solar-Dok” gets. And given that it gets so little use, on the charge and discharge, it seems to be the case that the lack of full charge and discharge may limit the battery’s life and power. Nice. I am sure that was also taken into consideration when we bought the thing.
But don’t trust that source, it’s only science after all. Not religion like we “capitalists” preach.
UPDATE: I’ve not spent time on other aspects of this bench, but a student sends me this, ”
P.s. I walked by the sun bench again today … There are no holes in the seats, so the water from the rain cannot drain – it just sits there. The only way the rain on the seats can be removed is if the sun dries it up – but the seats don’t get any sun because of the canopy over the seats!!! (The “non-green” benches have holes in the seats and no canopies, so that they can be used relatively quickly after the rain…)”
There are other design flaws too. Again I am totally sure these were all carefully considered and it was nonetheless decided that having some access to a quarter kilowatt of solar power more than offset such minor inconveniences.