Millions of French People Could Get Energy From Roads Covered With Solar Panels

Imagine miles and miles of roadway stretching towards the horizon, glinting under the afternoon sun. Now, imagine those same roads transforming the sun's rays into enough power for millions of people.

Millions of French People Could Get Energy From Roads Covered With Solar Panels

Imagine miles and miles of roadway stretching towards the horizon, glinting under the afternoon sun. Now, imagine those same roads transforming the sun’s rays into enough power for millions of people.

France has revealed plans to do just that.

Source: Vice News

 

Imagine miles and miles of roadway stretching towards the horizon, glinting under the afternoon sun. Now, imagine those same roads transforming the sun's rays into enough power for millions of people.

France has revealed plans to do just that.

Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy, announced in January that some 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of roadway would be covered with solar panels in the next five years. If successful, the project could provide enough energy for eight percent of the French population, or over 5 million people.

While it might sound too good to be true, Colas, the road construction company behind the project, assures it is not. The company revealed the solar road project, "Wattway," last October, calling it the "fruit of five years of R&D in a partnership with the French National Institute for Solar Energy." Hervé Le Bouc, CEO of Colas, said the project was "unique on a global level" and key to the future of transition energy production from coal, oil, and natural gas to renewable forms of energy from the wind and sun.

 

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