The world is greatly depending on solar energy to save the planet and survive because of its depleting resources. Colas, a french engineering firm has designed a 1 kilometer long road in Normandy, France. This entire road is made out of solar panels. This road is called the Wattaway and it goes through the small town of Tourouvre-au-Perche.
The road is going to be tested for 2 years as a trial run to see how much electricity it can produce. 2000 motorists are expected to use the road every day. The French Ministry of Environment financed this unique project. The first approximation of the power output indicates that it will be sufficient to run all the street lights of Tourouvre-au-Perche.
The Wattway is calculated to supply 280 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy per year, with an estimated electrical output of 767 kilowatt hours (kWh) daily. The Ministry of Environment said that it was enough to create electricity for a population of 5000 people considering the weather conditions are complimentary. The town of has a population of 3500 Tourouvre-au-Perche.
The engineers says that panels will get charge from sun light during the daytime because the surfaces aren’t always occupied by cars. The panels can provide electricity for street lights, bus stops, road signs and buildings.
The manufacturer say four meters of solarized road can power one household and one kilometer can produce enough electricity. This project is designed to provide electricity for around nine percent of France’s populace and about 5 million individuals, only if it achieves it’s most extreme potential.
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