US city switches on solar road

Dec 4, 2020 02:00 PM ET
  • Colas Group's Wattway panels will certainly create electrical energy to provide an EV charger at Peachtree Corners' city hall
US city switches on solar road
Image: Peachtree Corners Curiosity Lab

US clever city Peachtree Corners, in Georgia, has actually revealed a photovoltaic or pv street system which creates power for a solar-powered electrical vehicle charging terminal situated at municipal government.

The solar highway lies in an area of Technology Parkway's autonomous vehicle examination lane and also was funded with a partnership with The Ray, a charitable organisation concentrated on tidy transportation modern technologies in the state.

The brand-new system at Peachtree Corners will certainly create more than 1.3 megawatt-hours of electrical energy yearly for a Level 2 EV battery charger at city hall at no cost to EV vehicle drivers.

The charger is additionally outfitted with a power storage space system for night-time charging.

The solar highway uses Wattway panels, provided by French company Colas Group in collaboration with the French National Solar Energy Institute.

The panels were engineered to be much more durable and also efficient leading to a 21% efficiency increase over previously released panels.

" As more support of Peachtree Corners' leadership in introducing and developing the latest innovations in a real-world atmosphere, we're thrilled to have been collaborating with The Ray to install the nation's first roadway surface solar panels manufactured by Wattway, within our unique autonomous car lane," said Brandon Branham, chief innovation police officer and assistant mayor of Peachtree Corners.

He included: "While this brand-new type of 100% green, renewable energy will start with supplying power to an EV charging terminal, our vision is to begin to power much more current infrastructure across the city, off-grid.

" We look forward to setting up even more panels throughout, which might consist of pathways, bike lanes and a lot more surfaces."

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