The results of the 3-year pilot in Krommenie will be published at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018. So far, this is what we have measured: Estimated energy production in lab-phase: 50-70 kWh per m2 per year Production year 1 (nov 2014- oct 2015): 9800 kWh / >70 kWh per m2 per year Production year […]
Since 2014, SolaRoad has been gathering experience with solar panels on the public bike path in Krommenie. Much has been learned and that expertise is incorporated in an update of the product, which lies on the road since October 2016. SolaRoad therefore has a track record. The new initiatives are still at the beginning of […]
SolaRoad welcomes Wattway and other initiatives that use the road’s surface as solar panel. It’s good to see that what SolaRoad started in 2009, now has worldwide following. There is an emerging market for solar roads that is now being developed by more players.
The next steps in the development and scaling up of SolaRoad will be (pilot) applications provided in smaller motorways (for example municipal roads) and in specific applications such as bus lines. Whether application onto highways will be possible in the future, cannot be assessed yet. For the potential of SolaRoad, application in highways is not […]
Traffic jams mean a heavier traffic load and lots of shade on the underlying road surface. The traffic load is not a problem. The shadows during a traffic jam will cause the energy yield to hold up locally for a short amount of time. However, for most of the roads the amount of time that […]
SolaRoad is an example of decentralized energy generation (in contrast to central generation in large power stations). We will develop ICT solutions to optimally distribute the energy from SolaRoad amongst applications, for example along the road (lighting, charging of electric bicycles) or to the energy grid. ICT systems help to smartly switch between roadside applications. […]
No, the electrical components are shielded very well. Moreover, the voltage per element is low.
The starting point for the SolaRoad design is that no more discomfort due to reflections may occur than with regular road surfaces. This is an important factor in the development of the top layer. In the laboratory, extended optical examinations are carried out, in which reflection is measured as well. During the pilot this aspect […]
The coating on the road surface looks very similar to a regular road. As a result of the large light transmittance, the underlying solar cells will probably be slightly visible. It is expected that the road surface will lead to a positive and safe experience for road users, posing no obstacles for normal use. During […]
The main design requirement that is imposed on SolaRoad is that it meets the requirements regarding safety that apply to regular pavement.