Here's a brilliant plan to reduce highway noise pollution and generate electricity at the same time
Researchers at a university in the Netherlands are working on a project that aims to use solar panels to accomplish more than just the generation of electricity.
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS — The Netherland’s Eindhoven University of Technology is developing solar panels that could be used to accomplish goals beyond simply electricity generation, such as acting as noise barriers along highways, Popular Mechanics reports.
A practical test using the new technology is being run along the Netherland’s A2 highway, one of the nation’s busiest, near the city of Den Bosch.
Two sets of sound barriers with incorporated LSCs, or “luminescent solar concentrators”, will be placed alongside the highway until early summer of 2016, as a full year of testing is crucial in order to verify the durability and performance of the panels under all weather conditions.
The LSCs can absorb sunlight by using transparent dyed plastic sheets, which then emit and direct concentrated radiation onto solar cells hidden inside the panels’ frames.
The LSCs come in a variety of colors, making highways more visually appealing.
The two noise barriers currently in use measure 4.5 meters high by 5 meters wide.
If the panels manage to pass the testing process, a single kilometer of barriers is expected to be able to generate enough energy to power 50 households.
The new sound barriers/solar panels the Eindhoven University of Technology is developing come in a variety of colors, making highways much more visually appealing. EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Two sets of panels are being tested along the Netherland’s A2 highway, near the city of Den Bosch, until summer 2016. EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
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