Take A Look At World's First Solar Road In France Worth $5.2 Million!
We are all well aware of the fact that energy can neither be destroyed nor created but can be used and reused. One of the examples of such renewable energy is solar energy which is used to produce electricity with the help of solar plates.
You might have come across these plates on large plot area and even on street lights but have you ever heard of a solar road? Yes! You heard me right, France is all set to open up the world's first solar road.
#4 Although Known For It's Loving City..
France has always been everyone's favorite for its loving and romantic city Paris. But the country has some Hi-Tech dreams to get their hands on. France, by far, has become the first country to make a solar road with the help of their Minister of Environment, Ségolène Royal. It has been said that a 1km patch is made up of up to 2,880 solar panels in Tourouvre-au-Perche.
The journey has just begun with a powerful start by joining hands with a construction company Colas' Wattway technology. If it works as per the planning, the 1 km strip will produce enough electricity to power a 3,400-person village.
#3 One Of It's Kind!
This may sound intresting but the country had to command a price of 5 million Euros, around $5.2 million in construction. Quite a good amount came from the special resin used to cover five layers of silicon, keeping in mind that the solar panels are resistant to rough and tough use.
The construction company, Wattway, hopes the outcome by the road to be about 280-megawatt hours of power annually. Although the exact count for the power production is yet to be clear because of inconstant climatic conditions but they have estimated an average of around 767 kilowatt-hours (kWh) each day, with the output reaching even 1,500 kWh per day during the sunny summer days.
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#2 Trial And Error!
Even though the beginning years would be kept as the trial period and come to a conclusion of its performance with regards to testability and outcome, the construction company Director Jean-Charles Broizat says,
"We are still on an experimental phase. Building a trial site of this scale is a real opportunity for our innovation. This trial site has enabled us to improve our photovoltaic panel installing process as well as their manufacturing, in order to keep on optimizing our innovation."
And if you think the start has been an easy ride, look what the others have to say regarding this.
#1 From The Critic's Desk!
Every new work has to have a critic. In spite of the fact that the project is about to begin a new era, there are some opposing teams who are just not satisfied by the entire idea as it seems. One amongst them being Network for Energetic Transition Vice President, Marc Jedliczka who says, "It's without doubt a technical advance, but in order to develop renewables there are other priorities than a gadget of which we are more certain that it's very expensive than the fact it works."
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