Topping the ‘innovative dose of the day’ section today is a road in Normandy, France, which has incorporated solar panels into the sidelines to power the street lighs.
Sounds pretty environmentally friendly, doesn’t it? Because it is, and these type is innovations are what the world needs right now.
The road stretches for approximately 1 kilometer and is located in the village of Tourovre-au-Perche in Normandy.
The main objective here is to power the street lights, which sounds cool, until you hear the money they spent on this. The road may not sound that impressive for 30,000 square feet of solar panels — and it kind of isn’t, especially for its $5.2 million price tag. The panels have been covered in a silicon-based resin that allows them to withstand the weight of passing vehicles and even the big rigs, and if the road performs as expected, Royal wants to see solar panels installed across 1,000 kilometers of French highway.
But it’s a start nevertheless. However, issues arise here (when do they not?) because of the design. First off, the flat panels absorb less solar energy compared to the angled rooftops and they are massively expensive because, well, they have to withstand the weight of cars, not get eroded, et cetera.
The project was undertaken and completed by the Colas company and they plan on minimising the issues and the cost of the panels progressively, as they plan on installing solar roads all over the world.
There is a solar road in Missouri too, built by the company Solar Roadway, but unfortunately, they have faced the same issues and problems.
Let us hope these problems don’t get the better of us and our passion to save the environment. Do you think solar roads are a good idea? Comment below and let us know your thoughts. Keep rocking and peace!