Solar Power on UK Highway Noise Barriers

February 13, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The UK’s TRL company will mount solar panels on highway noise barriers in a demonstration project looking at renewable energy sources. In a contract awarded by the Highways Agency, the system will be part of a trail run on the M27 motorway. The demonstration follows earlier work by TRL which found that the significant infrastructure of noise barriers which already exists on UK highways forms an ideal location for solar panels. Unshaded areas of south facing barriers provide a convenient mounting for them. Various demonstration projects using solar panels on highway noise barriers have already been undertaken in Europe. Preliminary work on the experimental installation has already started and it is hoped that the system will be operational by the end of February 2004.

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