Bright ideas for the use of innovative solar technology are attracting increasing attention worldwide.
As early as 2014, the municipality of Krommenie near Amsterdam opened the world’s first solar cycle path, attracting international attention. Two years later it was clear that the cycle path, equipped with solar cells and solar panels, exceeded all expectations, which surprised even the engineers.
This is twofold climate protection: on the one hand cycling and the other using the cycle path to generate climate-friendly energy. The solar path, which is only 70 meters long, generates just under 10,000 kWh of electricity in Holland, which is not particularly spoiled by the sun.
Germany followed suit and inaugurated the first German solar cycle path in 2018 in the small town of Erftstadt near Cologne. 90 meters of the route was equipped with non-slip and unbreakable solar modules, which corresponds to an area of around 200 square meters. The operators expect a yield of up to 16,000 kWh of climate-friendly and resource-protecting electricity. France went one step further in 2017 and had one kilometer of road equipped with photovoltaic panels, which thanks to the latest plastics are also suitable for trucks with axle weights of up to 14 tonnes.
The solar section connects the municipality of Tourouvre-au-Perche with the National Road 12, which leads to Paris. The solar area of around 2,800 square kilometers generated in this way produces electricity for the street lamps and is even intended to supply the households of the entire community with environmentally friendly electricity.
The development with the latest solar cell coating, which is only a few millimeters thick, is also cost-effective, as the road does not have to be torn entirely open, but is only covered with photovoltaic cells. A previous test proved that even after one million vehicles no restrictions can be measured and that the coating can withstand this mass of vehicles undamaged. The French Ministry of the Environment is now planning to equip around 1000 kilometers of road in the next five years. Germany wants to imitate the French, but comprehensible planning is still pending.
Meanwhile, it is known that solar power produces electricity much cheaper than the latest coal-fired or nuclear power plants. In 2017, the global capacity was already 77 gigawatts. However, a single nuclear power plant has a capacity of one gigawatt, which corresponds to the electricity output of two coal-fired power plants. Photovoltaics is not only much more cost-effective and climate-friendly but is also completely environmentally friendly, silent, without side effects and absolutely emission-free. Germany must now also catch up considerably because once the most significant European industrial nation had a leading role in solar energy worldwide, but today, in 2019, even Great Britain produces more solar energy than Germany.
China did not start using solar energy until much later, but with more than 40 gigawatts of solar power, the Chinese continent is now showing the whole world what is possible. That’s living environmental protection for the whole world.