Known for its historic cobblestone paths and transportation
The streets of France are crowded and new road projects replace traditional bricks and roads for shiny solar panels.
French officials have announced plans to build a 1,000-kilometer-long (621 miles)
Solar roads can provide enough clean energy per kilometer to power 5,000 households.
"If the plan is successful, the biggest effect may be to provide electricity to 5 million people, about 8% of the French population," said cegorne Royal, minister of ecology and energy of France, the global building review report was said at a meeting. The street—or “Wattway”—
It is a cooperation between the National Solar Energy Research Institute and the French civil engineering company Colas.
The test of the road will begin in spring.
The whole project is expected to take five years to complete, but at the same time, builders do not have to clean up the existing roads.
Photovoltaic cells can be easily glued to existing streets and are durable enough to withstand traffic and weather conditions. Despite bumper-to-
According to colas, Parisians may be linked to their daily commute, with an average of only 10% of French roads covered by traffic per day.
This will allow Sun Street to collect energy from the sun for most of the day.
The panel collects solar energy through a thin layer of polysilicon and converts it into electricity.
Electrical connections can be integrated into existing traffic structures such as pipes and gutter.
While this energy can be used to power French homes, Wattway can also power street lights, traffic lights and even electric cars.
France will not be the first country to launch a solar road. A 70-
The meter solar bike lane was installed in the Netherlands in 2014 and proved to be a success, which provides enough energy for a house within six months of installation.
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Production of Solar Street.
They are still in the testing phase.
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