In Normandy, a kilometer stretch of road from solar panels

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The sunny road

Yesterday, Segolene Royal, who heads the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Marine Resources of France, solemnly opened the first kilometer section of the road with a coating of almost 3000 solar panels manufactured by Wattway.

The road passes through a small village in Normandy in north-west France. It is expected that the panels will generate an average power of 767 kWh per day, and in the sunny summer months twice as much – up to 1500 kWh.

The sunny road

Each panel was developed taking into account high mechanical loads due to the constant movement of vehicles. It is assumed that new panels will be installed annually .

“This trial version made it possible to improve our photovoltaic panels and the installation process,” explained Wattway representative Jean-Charles Brouzeet. “This will help to further optimize our innovations.”

The entire design will produce about 280 MWh per year to meet the needs of the local population and transfer the rest of the energy to the state distribution network Enedis.

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