Pilot project allows cycle generating energy with integrated solar panels




In North Holland Krommenie is placed on the Sola Road, a futuristic road bikeway that thanks to integrated solar energy to produce. The first element The test project will have a length of one hundred meters.

Panel SolaRoad SolaRoad is an initiative of TNO, Province of North Holland, Imtech Traffic & Infra and Civil Ooms. The aim of the pilot is to examine whether the surface can be modified by integrating. Solar cells used efficiently On the SolaRoad worked since 2001 and now is the first element of the test section placed.

A module of concrete measuring 2,5 x3, 5 meters and includes a 1cm thick, translucent top layer of tempered safety glass. Below are crystalline silicon solar cells placed. The top layer is made stiff to allow for cyclists, it is safe but the material would repel dirt, so that the solar cells continue to receive. Enough sunlight

After placing the modules over a distance of one hundred meters will include views of the SolaRoad sufficient traffic safety and efficiency which in practice is achieved. The researchers expect to generate three to four households. Enough electricity The electricity generated can be used for street lighting and dynamic road signs. According to the researchers A possible future application is the charging of electric cars. It is also considered the use of thin film solar cells instead of standard silicon solar cells.

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